War: the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the corporate-political world’s ‘most vicious racket’?
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A service will be held at the National Memorial Arboretum to dedicate a new memorial to the 255 Britons who died in the Falklands War and – in a radio interview – a senior military man who had served at the time said that his stance on that war had now changed.
One reason was that far more Falklands veterans had committed suicide than the 258 killed in action.
This is relevant to the revulsion some feel when reference is made in memorials to ‘the glorious dead’ believing that, in fact, most of these lives were tragically wasted.
The Telegraph has reported that veterans continue to be failed as they to wait for treatment by NHS psychiatrists and are refused priority treatment. For more information read a paratrooper’s reflections here.
Journalist Ed Brayton, a Fellow of the Center for Independent Media and co-founder/ president of Michigan Citizens for Science, quotes USA General Eric Shinseki, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, who points out that several studies have shown suicides are still on the rise among youths who have left the military, with 20% of about 30,000 suicides in the United States each year are committed by veterans – an average of 18 each day.
People who are unconditionally anti-war just haven’t been outraged enough
Ed added: “There’s an easy way to prevent this from happening: Stop starting unnecessary wars” but ‘Art’ made a more downbeat comment on this prescription: “You can work on eliminating war on your own time. And join the long list of people who have tried over the last couple of thousand years. Give it time. People who are unconditionally anti-war just haven’t been outraged enough.”
War is a racket
Art referred to the ongoing relevance of a book written by United States Marine Corps Major General Smedley D. Butler, War Is A Racket, in which he gives many examples of industrialists subsidised by the taxpayer were able to generate substantial profits from war. Its five chapters are headed:
- War is a racket
- Who makes the profits?
- Who pays the bills?
- How to smash this racket!
- To hell with war!
Its key summary:
“War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives . . .
“Only a small ‘inside’ group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.”
Far more people should become sufficiently enraged – and join the Movement for the Abolition of War!
Posted on May 20, 2012, in Corporate political nexus, Government, Lobbying, Vested interests and tagged Ed Brayton, Major General Smedley Butler, Movement for the Abolition of War, National Memorial Arboretum, The Falklands War. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.