In this Zinn chapter, the role of war in a country’s success is analyzed. It is hard for me to believe that a war is good for a country, but after reading this chapter I feel that I better understand why war is so prominent throughout history. If a war is supported by a large proportion of people, then the war could be effective in uniting a country under one common goal. Zinn’s argument behind Wilson trying to find a way to get into the war is very interesting. The United States of America entered the war over something so irrelevant when looking at the impact of joining the war, so it definitely makes me wonder if Wilson used the minor German submarine attack as a way to start a war and save the American economy. I also find it interesting how war has played a war in politics. I believe a war decision should not have anything to do with politics, because political games should not be played when deciding whether or not millions of people need to die.
The crash course on World War I expresses the point that European countries found a sort of glory in going to war. I believe this connects very well to our in class discussion about exceptionalism. People of a country would definitely feel stronger about participating in a war if they thought their country was the best. This leads me to believe exceptionalism can be very dangerous. A government would feel more inclined to go to war if it was known that the people would fight for the cause no matter what. This can prove to be detrimental to society, because of the excessive amount of wars that would be started. I also find it very interesting how wars can be traced back thousands of years. There is a cause and effect to everything that is done throughout history, so it is difficult to truly blame one person or country.