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What is the format of a debate? Can you give me a sample debate.

Asked by sureshkalanjoor 9th September 2015, 6:39 PM
Answered by Expert


A debate is a formal way of arguing in favour or against a topic. It is generally in the form of a speech. It begins with addressing the audience before beginning your discussion. 


Topic: Terrorism can only be countered by war. 

In favour:

Respected Principal, teachers, and dear friends, today I am going to speak for the motion 'terrorism can only be countered by war'. 

The prime goal of the defence system of a country is the safety of the regions and the people. Terrorism has always been jeopardising lives. Therefore, if a country needs to fight against such groups, war is justified. Attack is the best form of defence.

Terrorist groups have a strong and sophisticated network, which can be counteracted only with an equally strong defence system. Therefore, military operation is crucial in breaking the network completely.

Terrorist groups have no regard for rules of international harmony and concord. Therefore, the use of force in the form of war is justified.

The number of terrorists and terrorists groups present in the world today is mind-boggling. The world can be freed from their grips only if they are attacked and wiped out completely.


Respected Principal, teachers, and dear friends, today I am going to speak against the motion 'terrorism can only be countered by war'. 

Terrorist groups are not confined or limited to a single country. Therefore, engaging a country’s military to wage war against such groups is inappropriate.

When countries are engaged in wars, there is tremendous loss of life and property. War forces civilians to give up their social rights in exchange for their safety. However, once the war has stopped, terrorists will once again wreak havoc in the lives of people. 

The additional power given in the hands of the ruling bodies during wartime is often misused and resources are wasted. A great deal of time and money is wasted in the name of war. It takes years for a country to regain normal function after a war. Therefore, war is not an option to fight terrorism. Terrorist groups entice poor and helpless youngsters by convincing them that becoming a terrorist is a way of getting all your freedom back. 

Violence begets violence. If terrorists are attacked they are likely to displace their wrath on innocent people. Therefore, war against terrorism is not justified. 

Terrorism can only be countered by war.
Answered by Expert 9th September 2015, 6:48 PM

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