Discussion – Woodrow Wilson claimed that the United States entered World War I to “make the world safe for democracy.” In the Module Five Discussion (access by clicking on Discussions in the Course Menu and selecting Module Five Discussion), post your response to the following questions. Base your response on the readings from the textbook and McDougall (you do not have to agree with them, but the factual basis for your argument should come from these sources). Finally, your response should fully explain your position/argument. Remember, your most important objective is to explain “why.”

  1. Is there such a thing as a “moral” or “just” war?
  2. Should wars be fought for the sake of humanity and a higher good?
  3. Can war ever be a noble cause? In other words, do the circumstances of war run counter to the very idea of a noble cause?
  4. Were Wilson’s objectives truly motivated by the greater good?
    1. You must engage your classmates in a healthy discussion/debate about the matter. Do not be afraid to take a controversial position. You must be respectful of other’s opinions, however. Comments which attack individuals rather than ideas are subject to the Code of Student Conduct. This rubric [PDF] will be used to score your discussion assignments. (100 points) Use the following ABC approach when posting your response post:
    2. Acknowledge your classmates’ posts. React to their ideas, make observations, or ask questions about what they’ve said.
    • Build upon these posts by providing additional details, ideas, personal perspectives, interpretations, answers, or links to interesting, relevant articles.
    • Conclude with a question or new idea to further stimulate the discussion.

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