Are Wars Caused by Accidents?

As tensions mount with North Korea, fears arise that President Trump’s tit-for-tat bellicose rhetoric with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un might lead to miscalculations — and thus an accidental war that could have been prevented.

Is there evidence in history that wars break out largely because of an accident or over a misplaced word?


  • Jaedo Drax

    Just to be pedantic, there was never a peace treaty signed between the North and South Koreans, just an armistice agreement between the 2 armies, which the Norks have on at least 6 occasions announce that they were pulling out of the armistice.

    • FivePointSpurgeonist

      Same with the US and China: never an official peace.

  • Chris

    There is no such thing as an accidental war.

  • Chinese and Russian-backed North Korea’s invasion of South Korea was not an accident.

  • FivePointSpurgeonist

    Tom Clancy used to write often that war was just armed robbery writ large.