Seeds: On this day in 1899, Ernest Hemingway, the Nobel Prize winning author, was born. He served in World War I and eventually went on to write stories that mainly mused on the toils of war and the inescapable perseverance of man. He travelled with troops during World War II and drew even more knowledge from these experiences. In his books, he brought to light the persistent struggle that plagued the everyday life of war veterans, forcing generations ahead to think about war very differently.
Core: Hemingway’s works remain extremely pertinent today as we think about the ethics of warfare in this day in age. World leaders have to come together to discuss the ethical limitations of drone strikes and nuclear weapons. The world is constantly at war, even if major super powers are not. There are civil wars in Yemen, Syria, Libya, South Sudan, and Iraq, and the United States still has active troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.
Skin: War is constantly being brought into debates in the presidential elections, as well. Candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump discuss their varying foreign policies surrounding the fight against ISIS. With terror attacks happening every few months in Western cities and all the time in the middle east, world leaders have to be prepared to discuss the feasibility of increased military action.
Leaves: The discussion on wars will undoubtedly continue, one can only hope that the world leaders making the decisions properly realize the gravity of war, both in terms of the effects it has on individual soldiers and the larger civilian population.
Food For Thought: Do you think that drone strikes are ethical? What about nuclear weapons? Whose foreign policy do you support? Do you think Trump or Clinton are suitable to make the decision to go to war or not? Do you think that someone needs to intervene in these war-torn countries?