Whenever a government wants to go to war, you can be sure it is lying — to its population and to anyone who listens to its justifications. If anyone supports a war, they have been hoodwinked by the lies. Without lies, no ethical person would ever support war.
The aggressor has to lie and present itself as the victim. Otherwise, its cannon fodder would be less enthusiastic to die for the government’s agenda.
Unfortunately, the victim populations’ government will lie, too. It’s just what governments do. The exact nature of the lies will vary according to the situation, but the lies are going to be told.
Other governments around the world then line up behind whichever set of lies serve their interests the best — the interests of the politicians, the deep state, and the military industry, not of the people they rule and tax. They’ll lie to their populations as to why it’s necessary for them to join the war. Many people will believe the lies and feel patriotic in response. It’s still all lies.
I fell for the lies that led to the first Gulf War — at least for a short time. I’m ashamed of it now. I’ll probably never believe the lies told by any government to justify a war ever again. Fool me once, shame on me, but you won’t fool me a second time.
It’s different if the threat is coming down the street toward our homes. If organized invaders, sent to die for an enemy government — I mean, other than the one we suffer under every day — suddenly came marching down our local streets, the residents who fought back wouldn’t be at war; just defending our homes from criminals. It’s a critical difference. For one thing, it wouldn’t matter whether politicians declared war, or what uniforms the invading hordes wore. We the people would recognize the enemy.
If you learn more about history you’ll discover even the “good wars,” where you’ve been told there was a righteous side and an evil side, weren’t good wars. Often those on the good side did evil things over the years that caused conditions the evil side used as justification to go to war. Then the good side did things as evil as their enemies once the war began.
Ethical behavior is always an early casualty of war. Some people are fine with this, but if they are I wonder what other situational ethics they embrace.