War, What Is It Good For?

We have become a really bellicose nation. Invasion seems to be the bottom line solution to every problem. We are isolating ourselves in the world and will, in the near future, collapse under the weight of our delusions.

There are so many negative consequences to invading a country; loss of lives on a massive scale, destruction of infrastructure, displacement of populations, long term international destabilization, erosion of our image as an attractive social democracy, distrust of our motives and exposure of our vulnerabilities, to name a few. When you plant seeds, you can harvest crops. When you plant bombs, there is nothing worthwhile to harvest.

I don’t know who, in their right mind, would want to precipitate a war. Since these things don’t happen accidently, I have to say they are promoted to the public opportunistically, as a way to consolidate power and wealth for a few, at the expense of the rest of us. In the buildup to the Iraq War, I was amazed by the number of people who bought into the propaganda coming out of the Bush White House. We are being used for sinister purposes and it seems we have been conditioned to accept it, based on abstract ideology and emotional rhetoric.

About jackdetate

Married, 2 children, retired, enjoying unstructured time: "And then he drank a dew From a convenient grass, And then hopped sidewise to the wall To let a beetle pass." ~ Emily Dickinson
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