Blood for Oil; Or Rather, War for Resources? In today's day and age, most Americans agree that going to war for money is a wrong thing to do. I also agree with that, but allow me to play devil's adcovate. Resources are what keeps a nation afloat and its people cared for. Without money, a nation cannot prosper, nor can it ever prosper. Nations need money at all costs for the best of its citizens. In times of financial crisis, going to war for money or resources is acceptable, as proven by the ancient Assyrians, the American idea of Manifest Dynasty, and Nazi Germany. The ancient Assyrians were one of the first civilized cultures known to man. They had a written alphabet somewhere between 3000 BC and 2000 BC. They also built two of the first major world cities, Ashur and Arbel. The Assyrians became reknowned for their agricultural abilities in their early history, as they were in the center of the fertile cresent. Outside forces recognized this, and attempted to take the lands from the Assyrians multiple times. Many times the enemies were unsuccessful, but much of the farmland was destroyed in the process, driving Assyria into famine. To solve this problem and protect its people, Assyria attacked surronding cultures in all directions for their farmlands. In this process, the Assyrians gained their primary distinction, their military power, but this all stemmed from a need for more land. The American Manifest Dynasty was an ideal that the United States were to stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific to make the US a thriving world power. The US did go to war with just about anything in the way of this goal, and today the US is one of the top economic and military superpowers. Before Hitler gained power, Germany was in the worst depression the world had ever seen. Wheelbarrels full of money were needed to buy a loaf of bread. People were starving, and the nation was collapsing becuase of the harsh penalties placed on Germany because of WWI. After Hitler came to power, he illegally rebuilt his military, and used it to create jobs and take other lands to get his people out of depression, and he was successful to a degree. Germany was on its way to becoming western Europe's first third world country, but Hitler turned this around through the use of force and gave his people life again. It is clear that military power is needed in times of financial crisis to remove that country from its economic distress. This can even relate to the US today. Gas prices continually raising is a dilema that must be solved in the US, as it is causing all other industries to raise their prices, but paychecks are not raising simultaniously. This is driving people into debt, bankruptcy, and poverty. If war is needed to correct this, so let war be done.