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  1. Mar 31, 2004 #1
    A simple question. Do you think nations can afford to fight wars (not including wars of defence) out of altruism? Yes or no?
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  3. Mar 31, 2004 #2
    this can't be answered with any possible accuracy.
  4. Mar 31, 2004 #3


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    What wars have ever been fought out of genuine altruism rather than PR or propagandized altruism?
  5. Apr 1, 2004 #4
    With worldly issues as it is now, won't a definition of "altruism" and "wars of defence" be apt? In certain cases (and through propoganda) it SEEMS that the two are very much blurred.
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    The question may be simple, but the answer is extrordinarily complex. One might argue (for example), that there is no such thing as altruism. Even seemingly altruistic actions will have personal consequences.
  7. Apr 3, 2004 #6
    If one argued that there is no such thing as altruism, that one must be saying that the USA does not go to war for altruism. Simple.
  8. Apr 3, 2004 #7

    That's what you have been saying all along.
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