Saturday, July 23, 2011

Death Supports Everyones Troops

War is big business. There are huge profits to be made. Peace is bad for business.

Yet the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Libya are costing the USA about $4 trillion


War profiteering is one of the main pillars that support war. The military-industrial complex has a long record of pushing for the development of a war industry and of battlefields to test its products. War profiteering has many forms and a wide range of impacts. The most notorious forms of war profiteering are the arms industry and the arms trade, but there are also many other forms, such as companies involved in war “reconstruction”, companies to which military functions are outsourced, financial institutions backing warfare, companies profiting from the extraction of resources in conflict areas and many more.

-- War Resisters League "War Profiteers"


Seems like the Eternal War doctrine is in full swing. Fight wars endlessly, who cares about winning, just keep buying arms and sacrificing lives, in the name of democracy, or freedom, or justice. A military myth is "we have to fight wars every generation, to get the combat experience and stay in shape." A lot of good it's doing.


“One can say without exaggeration that inflation is an indispensable means of militarism,” Ludwig von Mises wrote. “Without it, the repercussions of war on welfare become obvious much more quickly and penetratingly; war weariness would set in much earlier.”

This explains why American politicians have always resorted to the legalized counterfeiting of central banking to finance wars, the most expensive of all government programs. If citizens had a clearer picture of the true costs, they would be more inclined to oppose non-defensive intervention and to force all wars to hastier conclusions. 

Government can finance war (and everything else) by only three methods: taxes, debt, and the printing of money. Taxes are the most visible and painful, followed by debt finance, which crowds out private borrowing, drives up interest rates, and imposes the double burden of principal and interest. 

Money creation, on the other hand, makes war seem costless to the average citizen. But of course there is no such thing as a free lunch. 

As a general rule, the longer a war lasts, the more centrally planned and government-controlled the entire economy becomes. And it remains so to some degree after the war has ended. War is the health of the state, as Randolph Bourne famously declared, and the growth of the state means a decline in liberty and prosperity. 

-- The American Conservative "Inflating War"


When will we stop wasting money and lives on wars we cannot, or choose not to, win? We cannot afford these military adventures. They're draining us financially and in terms of human lives. Innocent civilians are killed.

Robots are violating Asimov's 3 Laws of Robotics:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

We have robots killing humans now. They're called drones and other devices. Let's hope these killer robots don't turn against the entire human race, with a lust for blood similar to human violence-lovers.


As Christians we believe in the infinite value of every human life. As Kant said, we should treat each person as an end in himself, not as a means to an end. We thus oppose any kind of revolutionary tactic which sacrifices persons for the sake of goals.

Rather, from our Christian perspective we believe that deterioration occurs when people follow a course of violence as an answer to the world’s ills. Believing in the sanctity of human life, we cannot be involved in anything, whether it is social injustice, violence, war or poverty, which interrupts a person’s opportunities for a full life.

-- Intervarsity Christian Fellowship "Christian Pacifism"


USA is involved in warfare in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia, last time I checked. We're not winning any of them. We have no specific goals or exit strategies. We have no real justification. Keeping our nation free? How free are we?

We now wage undeclared wars, acts of national sovereignty violation, acts of lethal combat, and kinetic military actions, against the will of the majority of The People of the United States, without moral or logistical justification, and without approval of Congress. 

We cannot afford all this military prancing around in the clown costumes called "uniforms".

The demons of hate and destruction are having a good old time.

Protest. Dissent. Stop these stupid wars.


War is a Crime "Link Between War and Big Finance"

Veterans for Peace

The Christian Pacifist "Ideology"

War Crimes Times

Lew Rockwell "Wall Street, Banks and American Foreign Policy"

Plow Creek Mennonite "Christian Pacifism is the Scriptural Position"

David A. Hoekema "A Practical Christian Pacifism"

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