Critical Thinking 015. 129 Second Assignment Interpretation of Dora Durian’s argument P 1: At the end of Canada’s war with Germany in 1939, a motion was passed declaring war on that nation. P 2: When at the end of that war came, the Canadian government signed a peace treaty with the German nation. SC 1: Generally, this is how a real war happens.
P 3: Every literal war must be a war between two political entities, such as nations. P 4: In a so-called “war on terrorism”, the enemy is terrorism. P 5: They are not the sort of thing that can sign a treaty declaring an end to their side of the war. SC 2: Terrorism & terrorists are not a single political unit. P 6: To make a war on anything, a country must make a legal declaration of war. P 7: In the United States, this requires an act of Congress.
SC 3: No such legal declaration has been made. P 8: By invading Afghanistan, the United States stopped a few terrorists, but by not rebuilding that country after the war, it is just making more enemies. P 9: By invading Iraq, the United States has ruined a country that did not support terrorists, and is turning it into a country that will support terrorists. SC 4: The “so-called war” isn’t working.
C: You cannot make war on terrorism. Quality of Dora Durian’s argument This is a good argument based on these reasons: Canada’s war against Germany was declared a legal war. A motion was passed in 1939 through Parliament for this war to occur. A real war usually does require a legal declaration of war. The premises leading up to SC 3 are true. No motion in Congress was made by the United States of America.
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George Bush wanted to fight terrorism because of the aftermath of September 11, 2001. The proper legal procedures declaring a war never did occur. The United States of America came into Afghanistan to fight terrorism, on behalf of their nation. The United States is battling threats against terrorism, but no legal declaration has been made. The United States didn’t sign a peace treaty towards the end of the war on Afghanistan.
The United States is fighting terrorist actions, but they are not in a legal war. Premise four is true. The enemy is terrorism in this battle between the two political nations. The premises leading up to SC 4 are true. The so-called “war” isn’t working. The United States of America have gained many enemies, by not contributing extensively within the local economies in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The following points make me believe that Dora Durian’s arguments have enough support that you cannot make war on terrorism.