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"The first recorded war occurred in c. 2700 B.C. It was between Sumer (in modern Iraq) and Elam (a region that is now part of Iran), and was fought in the area around Basra (just like the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s). Of course, tribes, cities, etc., had been fighting each other for thousands of years before that, but there are no records of these earlier conflicts as writing wasn't invented until a little before 3000 B.C. " - KL47
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December 26, 2007 at 10:03 pm
(1) Ace Lundon says:

How sad that facts like this might not be taught in our Elementary School Systems today. We need to learn the history of War(s) to help us keep from making war today and in the future.

January 1, 2008 at 11:42 pm
(2) Ron says:

I don’t think learning about the history of wars will help prevent them, but it will help us to fight them better. Just think of all the chiefs of staff that have studied the history of war.

April 27, 2008 at 7:14 pm
(3) Dermoplasm says:

“We need to learn the history of War(s) to help us keep from making war today and in the future.”
As sad as war can be, at times it is a necessity. as Bishop Abel Muzorewa said, “I question whether God himself would wish me to hide behind the principles of nonviolence while innocent persons were being slaughtered.”

August 19, 2008 at 12:53 am
(4) Heather says:

War-is an action between individuals that only wish to cause harm to others humans and non humans alike. War is just invention made from our minds thinking we need it or we dont…We will never learn from our mistakes because we are too stupid to realize them.

August 22, 2008 at 12:15 am
(5) Barbara says:

It’s a shame information like this was not incorporated into my high school curriculum. More emphasis should have been placed on Arab, African, and European historical facts. Maybe if we understood them better, we might not have some of the problems we have now.

April 11, 2009 at 7:16 pm
(6) Tim says:

War is a very complex and serious issue. I feel that learning about previous wars serve a much better purpose than just the improvement of fighting techniques. Also, a lot of people often oversimplify war and ignore the lessons we do learn. Others tend to give up and have a fatalistic point of view about war and the nature of humans in general. These are the wrong approaches to human relations and war. War is a very unfortunate act that should only happen when all other options have been exhausted. Humans have very complex interrelationships which require complex problem solving and mediation among individuals and groups of differing views and needs. Maybe one day we will move away from the practice of fighting, but I feel that is a while from now.

May 17, 2009 at 5:55 pm
(7) Billy Joe and Bobby Sue says:

War can sometimes be necessary. Would it be right to let genocides and other atrocities occur when we could do something to stop them? It’s just that much of the time, the wrong wars are being fought…

May 26, 2009 at 7:53 am
(8) Mark says:

As long as there is MAN there will be WAR!!!

May 27, 2009 at 6:44 pm
(9) Jessika says:

War is really bad. I’m just in 6th grade and i know about what their making children do in Pakistan, Africa, and plus the history on the horrible mustard gas they used to use. It’s so sad how some people have P.T.S.D( post,trauma,stress,disorder) after war. And everyone thinks it’s a good idea to die for your country. Yea, it’s amazingly courageous and generous and stuff but are u really willing to die for half the people in the country that don’t even know you. A lot of lives have been loss but they keep sending people out there. Even if we need gas, BRING OUT TROOPS HOME!! (none of my family is in war though)

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