War is one of the most prevalent things that can occur to a society, having lasting impacts on its citizens. Many times there is controversy within the nation as to whether or not a country should get involved in a war.
When war is imminent for a society to get involved in, sides can often be taken by its citizens who have definite opinions about the issue. Many take a strong stance in support of the military and in them being sent to the scene to fight. These people may have family members in the military or have been in the service themselves. There are also those who feel that the country should stay neutral regarding other country’s affairs or are strongly opposed to violence.
These feeling can often be inflamed by what people see, read and hear from the media. Stories of atrocities, fighting and critical issues can bring these feelings to a strong edge. Often, people have to be very careful what they take as the truth from one source or another. Propaganda and biased interpretations of events can be used to influence people’s opinions one way or another. Citizens have to get information from a variety of sources and work to find the real facts beyond what is being said. This can help them to make a more educated decision about the real situation and what action should be taken.
War and the efforts necessary to fight one can run deep into a country’s culture, government and people.