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This page is not politically neutral. It groups Marxism and Fascism together, despite these being inappropriate comparisons - as Marxism is a theory of the analysis of capitalism and fascism is a reactionary political movement. A more appropriate but no less biased comparison would be equivocating communism and fascism. The page also includes an insufficient explication of the Marxist critique of war.
RECOMMENDED: Very good information on the idea of war for both humans and animal parallels can be found in the book "The Third Chimpanzee" by Jared Diamond! I highly recommend that curious persons (especially good, motivated writers) check the book's section(s?) on war out and use it to help this article. Also it is an excellent read cover to cover.
Main definition: The first phrase now says war is not avoidable. Resources and differences in ideology do not cover the totality of motivations to go to war.
Need examples of expansionism and imperialism wars
Warlike behavior in animals, evolutionary biological perspective
Need more info on special interest groups and the use of propaganda and influence techniques to motivate a population to accept/support a war, e.g. funding of thinktanks and controlling the editorial spin of "news". Currently no mention of social psychology, some useful references might be Walter Lippman's The World Outside and the Pictures in Our Heads, Noam Chomsky's Manufacturing Consent, Pratkanis and Aronsons' The Age of Propaganda (The Everyday Use and Abuse of Persuasion), all of which have information about how war might be promoted to the public.
Cleanup in "Types of War"
Persistent tendency to focus primarily on modern (and western) terminology and protocol when discussing elements of warfare. Little distinction between what the modern observer would call an "armed force" and the myraid alternative warrior groups which have waged war throughout the time periods referenced, and the treatment of the topic is hampered by such modernity.
References are lacking, with many stand-alone comments needing evidence
Some editors are persisting in adding a multi-million casualty figure related to the Muslim conquests. And others are persisting in deleting the number. This is now a matter of discussion. Please provide your thoughts here. (No changes to the article should take place until we reach consensus. This is the required WP:BRD process. Thanks.)--S. Rich (talk) 04:42, 28 August 2012 (UTC)
every society and religions have some bad people and some good people not just Muslims. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Raljarf (talk • contribs) 10:09, 18 June 2013 (UTC)
Most of my edit is things like punctuation. Here are the changes that need explanation the most:
This edit somehow went unreverted since 2009. It may have been well intended, but it was added between an author's initial and last name. It went into a reference, and the text it references has no particular relevance to this edit. I removed it.
"... World War II, being 60 million plus, surpasses all other war-death-tolls by a factor of two." But the table that immediately follows shows the Mongol conquests with 60 million deaths. I removed "by a factor of two".
"since the United States declared war on Afghanistan and Iraq". The U.S. announced those attacks, but "declare war" has a special meaning in U.S. politics; see Declaration of war by the United States. Thus this article actually says the opposite: "The Bush administration, for its part, did not seek a declaration of war by Congress ..." So I bypassed the issue by making it "since the United States invaded Afghanistan and Iraq". Art LaPella (talk) 00:54, 12 December 2013 (UTC)
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See religious war &c. You can discount and caveat it as a legitimate reason for conflict, but it is certainly one humans themselves have previously understood and continue to understand as the reason for various wars. It is nothing apart from a failure of WP:BIAS to have the only commentary on religious war at this page be secular western theorists arguing that it's only ever a post hoc rationalization of what people actually did for other reasons. — LlywelynII 04:31, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
It seems odd to cite Steven Pinker as an authority on the death toll of the Paraguayan War. It seems outside his expertise; surely there's a more reliable source for the statement in the lede that 60% of Paraguay's population died in that conflict? Q·L·1968☿ 19:20, 10 October 2014 (UTC)
Hmm, nobody wants to take up the charge? Maybe I'll start hunting around myself... Q·L·1968☿ 18:54, 22 October 2014 (UTC)