PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH 4
Accordingto Thomas Hobbes (1651), in his book, Leviathan,thereare aspects of life that are immutable no matter how much timelapses. Hobbes asserts that pride arrogance, iniquity, injustice,ingratitude acception of persons and other social evils could neverbe turned to be lawful (Hobbes, 1651). He goes further to explainthat war cannot be life’s preserver while peace destroys it(Hobbes, 1651). His thesis is contradictory to the “Peace throughStrength” slogan that has been used for a long period of time bypolitical leaders in a bid to protect their citizenry.
Hobbescould have been living in a Utopian world, one which he created forhimself through a conviction that ultimate peace and cordialrelationships. His argument is unrealistic and can never beapplicable in this highly dynamic world. Issues of war aresophisticated and greater preparation is a prerequisite for ensuringprotection of a populace (Hobbes, 1651). Theories and philosophiesare not enough for lasting peace in a world where extremism is fastrising by day.
Militarypower establishes a sense of peace and rest within a country. Theassurance that the defenders of the civilians have the ability tostand against any form of enemy is not only psychological relievingbut also encourages economic prosperity. It would never be a soberjudgment to decide on restraining a country’s security system fromstepping up its efforts on an assumption that there are no enemies orthat even if there are there, they will never strike. It isimperative that Hobbes would recognize that having enemies is alsoimmutable and is part of the social life. In his world, he might haveforged a society in which every person lived in cordial agreementwith the others and that the term conflict was unheard of. Thecontemporary world we are living leaves no space for the securityapparatus to employ a blind eye to any security loophole that couldbe hazardous to a country.
Hobbesargument could, however hold water in the context of the world warsand the Cold War as well. One of the indirect causes of the worldwars was the arms race. The need for one nation to possess moreartillery than another makes its neighbors feel unsafe, and will alsostep up their efforts to scale up. The cold war was mainlycharacterized by rumors of the antagonists building better weapons tooutdo each other. The world super powers were investing huge amountsof capital in the making of weapons. They believed that preparednessto any eventuality of war would find them peace, but to the contrary,there was worldwide unrest as ideological affiliates to the twoparties felt insecure. There was an overwhelming feeling that anotherworld war would erupt from the cold war that was mainly an arms race(Hobbes, 1651).
Thereare various ways to solve conflict diplomacy being the method thatHobbes could have sought as the ultimate solution. However, we oughtto consider what outcomes would befall us if an enemy failed to honortruce. It is therefore of importance that a country builds a strongmilitary foundation. It is not only for the offensive purposes Itimes of war, but also defensive in the sense that the enemy willfear to attack and hence peace prevails.
Hobbes,T. (1651). Leviathan.Green Dragon: Oregon State University.