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#1
Hey Pit,
I'm writing an essay, and I need the names of some wars (any time period/country) that have the most weird or funny reasons for starting. I know the most obvious one is the war in Iraq (WMD's/oil, really?) but there's a conservative girl in my class who has military relatives and I don't want to piss her off more than I already have.
#2
Religious wars.

Any war during the Cold War era basically. The reasoning behind Soviet entering Afghanistan is kind of random.
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I don't know nearly enough about it, but did WW I start primarily from merely a complex array of alliances?
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War of the Bucket. Exactly how it sounds, 4000 people died over a bucket.
El Salvador and Honduras fought a war over soccer/football, it lasted about 100 hours. It's known as the Football War or the 100 Hour War.
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I don't know nearly enough about it, but did WW I start primarily from merely a complex array of alliances?

Pretty much. Basically the rulers of all the major European powers (who were mostly interrelated/interbred with each other) wanted a war for a decade or so, formed lots of ridiculous treaties and alliances and then just waited for the spark to light the fuse. Fraz Ferdinand was assassinated by Serbians, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, France declared war on Austria-Hungary who had already formed alliances with Germany, who then tried to invade France via Belgium, who had formed treaties with Britain and so on. Ridiculous.
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#12
The Thousand-Hour Thumb War.

The casualties were so small you could count them on your hand...


OT:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Zanzibar_War

It's the shortest war in history. I don't know much about it, but you could use it, not as an example of wars started for abritrary things but, for wars that were quite arbitrary in themselves.
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Every war ever fought in history.

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The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo by the Black Hand group sort of sparked the whole of the 1st world war as it led to many different alliances being formed.

EDIT: Thinking about it, the majority of wars have been started by jumping to conclusions and idiotic and childish reactions.
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Most, if not all of them.
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The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo by the Black Hand group sort of sparked the whole of the 1st world war as it led to many different alliances being formed.

EDIT: Thinking about it, the majority of wars have been started by jumping to conclusions and idiotic and childish reactions.


Alliances came before the assassination.

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Wait, I misread. Thought you asked about questionable reasons to fight, not start. If you're talking, start, then a shit-ton of history - a war is a big thing to justify, and hindsight has 20/20 that few people have at the time.
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I don't know nearly enough about it, but did WW I start primarily from merely a complex array of alliances?


If by complex array of alliances you mean sandwich, yes.
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war of jenkins ear. look it up. funny stuff.


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Alliances came before the assassination.


Oh yeah and then the assassination was the "spark" as my old history teacher called it, which caused them all to start attacking each other
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All war is questionable, but I don't care: I ain't winning no Nobel Peace Prize
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War of the Bucket.It's known as the Football War or the 100 Hour War.

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war of jenkins ear

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The Pig War


Likely choices, thanks.

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The Thousand-Hour Thumb War. The casualties were so small you could count them on your hand...


I spent like 10 minutes trying to find this before I realized it was a joke. XD
The Anglo-Zanzibar War could be useful though, thanks.
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Did you guys have the "Children's Almanach" as kids, too? I swear most of these wars were listed in that book under "ridiculous wars"
#26
ww2 lebensraum for the "master race." a calculated genocide against pretty much anyone without "pure blood"
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Wait, I misread. Thought you asked about questionable reasons to fight, not start. If you're talking, start, then a shit-ton of history - a war is a big thing to justify, and hindsight has 20/20 that few people have at the time.


Yeah, I get what you're saying. A lot of these strange wars, though, have a lot of background with extreme tension being broken at the point of a small event, so some of them can be rationalized that way.
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Likely choices, thanks.


I spent like 10 minutes trying to find this before I realized it was a joke. XD
The Anglo-Zanzibar War could be useful though, thanks.

I actually thought the others you quoted were jokes.
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The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo by the Black Hand group sort of sparked the whole of the 1st world war as it led to many different alliances being formed.

EDIT: Thinking about it, the majority of wars have been started by jumping to conclusions and idiotic and childish reactions.

you really need to read up on your history and get past 7th grade world history. at least when it comes to WWI
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Hey Pit,
I'm writing an essay, and I need the names of some wars (any time period/country) that have the most weird or funny reasons for starting. I know the most obvious one is the war in Iraq (WMD's/oil, really?) but there's a conservative girl in my class who has military relatives and I don't want to piss her off more than I already have.

All wars have questionable motives.

People question Iraq claiming that it was a war for oil, but they ignore the fact that we have not invaded Venezuela.

So really, what was your motive for starting this thread?

You just wanted to start shit, didn't you?

See how it works?
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The Falklands war was pretty idiotic. Argentina 'invaded' an island off the coast of Argentina populated almost exclusively by sheep. Britain then attacked the Falklands to reclaim it (look at a world map to see how retarded it is that it was considered a British island. Many people died, Britain won. We reclaimed 'our' island that's thousands of miles away and will never have any impact on any British person. Sweet.
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#33
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I actually thought the others you quoted were jokes.


Well, my essay is going to be a joke, so it's all good.

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EDIT: Thinking about it, the majority of wars have been started by jumping to conclusions and idiotic and childish reactions.


I wonder what the thesis of my essay is....
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All wars have questionable motives.

People question Iraq claiming that it was a war for oil, but they ignore the fact that we have not invaded Venezuela.

So really, what was your motive for starting this thread?

You just wanted to start shit, didn't you?

See how it works?


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People question Iraq claiming that it was a war for oil, but they ignore the fact that we have not invaded Venezuela.


Seem like you're ignoring the fact that America has had problems with the Middle East in general and are just finding reasons to assert Western dominance there?
If it was just for the sole purpose of oil, we would have invaded Canada.

Okay, let me start my essay, lol.
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Seem like you're ignoring the fact that America has had problems with the Middle East in general and are just finding reasons to assert Western dominance there?
If it was just for the sole purpose of oil, we would have invaded Canada.

Okay, let me start my essay, lol.


Actually, America's problems with Muslims go back further than you think. I could mention how Columbus was searching for a route around the Muslim genocide of Hindus in India when he found the West Indies. (Free clue, he wasn't aiming for India, that's not where the term Indian comes from.)

But for something you might accept, you might want to investigate the Philippine American War. I suppose you will consider that to be a history of American meddling in other countries affairs, but that's because you lack a basic knowledge of history, and have been taught that that is acceptable when judging people that can't defend themselves because they are long dead.
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you really need to read up on your history and get past 7th grade world history. at least when it comes to WWI


I have no idea what 7th grade is.

Stop living in the past, bitch.


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#38
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(Free clue, he wasn't aiming for India, that's not where the term Indian comes from.)



Wat?



I thought that's exactly where the term "indian" came from. The tried to find a way to India and China....They didn't however. They found the "west Indies"
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Every war ever fought in history.


Came to post this.
It had already been posted.
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If by complex array of alliances you mean sandwich, yes.

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