Why don’t Countries Formally Declare War Anymore? (Short Animated Documentary)

published on July 17, 2020

Historically Wars were begun by a formal declaration of war these would often come in two forms one via direct communication with a foreign government by delivering a letter or telegram or two through a government minister asking for the passport of a foreign ambassador

Thereby revoking the diplomatic immunity but since the Second World War there have been very few formal declarations of war and none by the major global powers which raises the question why not why did nations stop formally declaring

War so to give examples of why we're going to look at two conflicts from the Cold War the Vietnam War between the USA and North Vietnam and the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina be aware

That the general reasons for their not being declarations of war in these conflicts can be applied to most other conflicts too so the first major difference between the world pre and post World War two is that a new

International framework existed the United Nations and the UN had very strict guidelines and what were legal grounds for war so in the case of Vietnam there was no declaration of war for several reasons the first was that

The us saw itself as aiding one side in an already ongoing civil war it didn't recognize North Vietnamese independence and thus it had no one to declare war on as far as the US government was concerned it was aiding

The legitimate Vietnamese government against an uprising not fighting a war against any legitimate state the second reason was the United Nations there was no way that the USSR was going to approve a war against a fellow communist

State and the third reason was that domestically there was no need to you see normally a declaration of war was needed to implement the draft but for America the draft from world war ii had never technically ended after the Gulf

Of Tonkin incident in which a US destroyer in the region was attacked by Vietnamese patrol boats Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution which gave president lyndon b johnson the right to deploy troops for combat operations

Without a formal declaration of war and after the vietnam war the us never needed to declare war because often its conflicts were much smaller so no need for a draft so what about the Falklands War why didn't Margaret Thatcher declare

War on Argentina in 1982 after it sees the Falkland Islands that should've actually inquire as to whether or not a declaration of war was necessary and she was told not to and the reasons that she was advised against such action were

Simple first of all self-defense is illegal right according to the UN and second it would complicate relationships with neutral country's neutral states aren't allowed

To provide arms for belligerence fighting nations can't use their territories or waters for transiting war materials and they have to detain troops who enter their lands along with many other restrictions the two nations of

Particular concern were Spain and Chile Spain was against the war but had some sympathies towards the argentinian position plus given the placement of Gibraltar British naval ships entering Spanish waters by accident had to be

Detained and if they weren't this could jeopardize Spanish neutrality and as for Chile some British troops were stationed there for reconnaissance and if Britain were to declare war than Chile would legally have to detain those troops

Would be considered a co-belligerent and as for Argentina it was sourcing weapons from other countries and getting reconnaissance from the USSR hence why declaration of war benefited neither side and it's these reasons which

Determined why many nations have no need to formally declare war any more domestic powers to fight wars are largely much greater than they used to be and wars are often small-scale enough that nations don't want to deal with the

Hassle of formally declaring war and yet the main reason is that if a nation doesn't formally declare war it doesn't change his relationship with other states meaning for them it's as if the war was never happening meaning nothing

Has to change I hope you enjoyed this episode and thank you for watching with the special thanks to my patrons James Bissonnette John lucid a man of culture Danny Maloney little holiday John biscuits Rob Waterhouse mo James

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Anthony Beckett Robert Wetzel Skye Chappell Marvin Castle Winston Hayward and Izzy a declaration of police action just doesn't have the same ring to it

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