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Happy New Month! And I am hoping you reading this are fine?

This month, the theme will be war, the causes, upsides and how it can be avoided altogether.


Over 155 years ago, China was at war with Britain over the opium trade.

This war was largely popularised as the opium war.

In the 18th century, Britain exported the opium drug from India to China and some other parts of South Asia.

The rise of the influx of the substance into the Chinese territory gave way to its abuse.

This consequentially led to economic and social disruptions.

The Chinese in the lead of the Qing dynasty banned the importation of opium to forestall the adverse effect it is having on its people.

The British government was up in arms of the clampdown and went to war with the Qing dynasty. Having more military might, Britain defeated the Chinese and both sides signed a treaty that gave Britain special privileges over the Chinese such a lopsided trade deal in their favour and the occupying of Hong Kong.

Are there any Upsides of War?

Since the existence of humans, man has to be at war with each other.

During this period, there have been cases where the question about the benefits of war has been asked.

The truth is that the upsides and downsides depend on which side of the warring factions you belong to.

For example, during the opium war, Britain got to make a bargain where they will have an upper hand in setting better deal conditions and occupied Hong Kong.

On the other side, China lost its territory to Britain and a weaker economy.

From this, it can be seen that the outcome of the war is a double-edged sword.

How it Can be Avoided

In the case of war, it is better avoided than prevented.

However, can war be avoided? If so how can we prevent war from rearing its ugly head and the devastating effects it comes with.

Fortunately, there are ways of forestalling war including:

  • Enhance communication
  • Build a closer and more respectful relationship
  • Have peace talks

What are the Main Causes of War?

War does not just happen on its own.

They are instigated by numerous factors that can be linked to one another in a complicated manner.

This implies that there is no clear cause of war.

The following can cause war:

  • Economic gain as in the case of the opium war
  • Religion
  • Politics
  • Territory gain
  • Superiority
  • Revenge
  • Safety
  • Nationalism
  • Revolution
  • Civil conflict

War for thousands of years has been part of human history.

Two or more opposing groups to achieve a certain objective fight through the use of force.

From the opium war to World War I and II were caused by either economic or territorial gain and the use of force was engaged to actualise these objectives.

According to predictions by experts, there will be less war in the future.

This can be put down to the increased acknowledgement and understanding of the downsides of war and the knowledge of less brutal means of reaching conflict resolution.

Till next month,

I remain truly yours,

Tonny Rutakirwa,


Tonniez Group Holdings,

Serving since 28th December 2008.

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