The Effects Of Great And Poor Statesmen And Historical Causes Of The Middle East

889 Words Nov 18th, 2016 4 Pages
Nations wage war for what they claim to be a variety of reasons; in defense, to better the economy, for some righteous cause, for revenge, etc. Wars are waged in what appears to be the interest of the state, however, many conflicts can be attributed to individuals. It is individuals who make the decisions to involve their states in conflict, and it is individuals that determine the nature and length of wars. This can be seen through the effects of great and poor statesmen and historical causes of war, and the examination of the current conflict in the Middle East. A statesman is defined as great men and women “who inspire confidence in everyday life, or those who do so as leaders of a community, by deed, word or example, or because they inspire belief in themselves and what they do.” These are the leaders that make decisions for their state, these are the individuals who change the course of history through their actions. A great statesman is one who improves their state, Dr. Stathis argues that a great statesman needs to exhibit a number of traits, including “charisma, a sense of prognosis, knowledge, experience, a firm understanding of the real world, the ability to compromise, the ability to bridge the gap between experience and vision, patience, moderation,” and then adds that they “must not be a fanatic or a crusader.” According to Thucydides, a great statesman possesses the ability to take a weak state and make it powerful, while a poor statesman can take a great…

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