The Ends of Conflict
The imposition of will #
The resistance of the imposition of will #
Retribution (The imposition of your will to see justice) #
War and conflict has for it’s end two intentions, to impose one’s will on another, or to resist the imposition of that will. (How does this explain crimes of passion, where the will is simply the death of the other? Such as in the first killing?) It can be said, one is war itself, while the other is peace.
The government has been given the authority from God to impose it’s will on it’s citizens. So whether or not force is justified in the imposition of someone’s will derives directly from that individual’s authority, as it has been granted by God.
It is important to understand not just the final ends, but the immediate goals of each form of combat. For instance, in a just war, the goal is to preserve life by the resistance of the imposition of the will of evil men, the accomplishing of which requires neutralization of the evil men. However, in a smaller scale, self-defense situation the goal is still to preserve life by the resistance of the imposition of the will of evil men, but this may be accomplished either by neutralization of the evil men, or by escape, which in certain circumstances is preferable.