The Realism of Kenneth Waltz Essay
The realism that will be the focus of this paper is that of Kenneth Waltz. Kenneth Waltz presents his theory of realism, within an international system, by offering his central myth that, “Anarchy is the permissive cause of war”. Kenneth Waltz’s central myth helps answer the question as to why war happens in the first place. During the cold war, there was a heightened sense of insecurity between …show more content…
The first level analysis in Waltz theory is that of the human individual. In this sense, the first level of analysis is used to tie together an individuals role in war. Humans, according to Kenneth Waltz, are the ultimate catalyst of war because of their natural born behavior. Humans act upon their own selfish tendencies, which make them a key player when trying to answer the question pertaining to why war occurs in the first place.
In the film, Dr. Strangelove the first level of analysis is the most obvious among his three levels. This can be seen most clearly through the actions of General Jack Ripper. In simple rational it can be deduced that General Jack Ripper, “went off the deep-end”, subsequently commanding his airborne battalion of fighter jets to drop nuclear weapons on specific targets in Russia. General Jack Ripper’s motivation to order the series of attack was anything but orthodox. General Jack Ripper suspects that the Soviet Union is conspiring to contaminate the “precious bodily fluids" of the American people. General Ripper tries to convince his colleague, Major Mandrake, that his decision was ultimately the smartest by saying, "Nineteen hundred and forty-six. Nineteen