Many of us imagine that military forces exist solely to fight wars. As such, we imagine that the world would be more peaceful if there were no military forces. The truth is a little different. As a matter of fact, military forces exist to foster world peace. Without these forces, the peace we have in the world wouldn’t be there.
In order to appreciate the role of military forces in the maintenance of peace, you have to understand that the existence of strong military forces has a deterrent effect. Country A will dare not attack country B, if it is aware that country B has a reasonably well equipped military force. This is because the force would almost certainly retaliate, if country A attacks country B. Thus, various nation states respect (or fear) each other on account of the fact that they all have their military forces. And if any nation attacks another one, it is almost certainly bound to face retaliatory action. This is akin to the scenario we have in the business field: where any businessman can always go to the SunbizFlorida website and try to register a company there (that is, at Sunbiz.org).
Before the advent of modern military forces, human beings used to live (more or less) as bandits: constantly attacking each other, constantly running from each other. Military forces brought that era to an end. Modern military forces brought about real world peace.
Of course, the role of military forces in the maintenance of peace is being brought into question, in this era of non-conventional warfare. But then, it is worth noting that once the military forces are trained on non-conventional warfare, they tend to be quite good at it.
Thus, it is about time we stopped viewing the military forces as war-mongering organizations. On the contrary, we need to start viewing military forces as peace maintenance organizations. Once we start viewing the military forces in that light, we will be able to justify the amounts of money we spend on them. This focus on military forces shouldn’t, however, distract us from paying attention to the real key to sustainable world peace. True world peace will only be attained when we eliminate greed from human nature. Until then, we’ll have to rely on military forces to do whatever they can to maintain a semblance of world peace.