Vocabulary Reading:

Vocabulary Reading: History

This article uses words from the 1000-2000 range of the General Service List. Read it. Then answer the comprehension questions.

Why We Go to War

When the Europeans sailed to other lands, they claimed them as their own. Then they went further into the country to explore it and find out what natural resources it had for them. However, these countries already had people living there. However, the Europeans saw them as uncivilized and unable to govern themselves as a country. If the people did not want foreigners governing them, they put up a fight. The Europeans then sent in their armies to conquer their enemies. They shocked the local people with their guns and gunpowder. They did not have guns or canons to fight like that, so they scattered before them as they ran for their lives.

During the past century, we have seen a lot of war. There were two world wars, as well as many civil wars in the Sudan, Vietnam, Korea, and China, to name a few. The wars are often over political ideas like communism. Other wars are fought for economic reasons like controlling the world's oil supply.

They say the present war that is going on in the Middle East is against the threat of terrorism. The soldiers on the front line are like a shield protecting their own countries. They stand on guard out of patriotic loyalty to their countries. They fight for liberty and justice for all. Moving onwards into enemy territory, they vow that they won't stop until they have overcome terrorism. They won't let their enemy have the upper hand. That all sounds very honorable, but I think the real reason they fight is for oil.

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