The Last Of The Millenniums – War! Yeah, (good God ya’ll)
What is it good for? Absolutely Nothing!
As it turns out war and depending on your scale of defining ‘good’, is ‘worth’ something.
From the ‘military-industrial complex of 1961
to the present day military-industrial-legislative complex.
‘In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist’.
Industries ‘unwarranted influence’ via the massive amounts of money in politics has given raise to the misplaced power’ but unlike what President Eisenhower spoke of, it is an ‘enemy’ from within, not from without.
The ‘good’ our Nation has found and promotes in ‘war’ or defense if you prefer, is for profit.
War in our free market system, is good for business.
So why make any effort to avoid it?
We as a species have advanced so far that we can or if given the need and opportunity, keep building better ‘mouse traps’.
We excell in our creativity. Necessity is indeed the ‘Mother Of Invention’ and we love Her!
We have, well most of us, gone from our primitive ancestor hunting and gathering to survive to, with the touch of a button, communicating with the World and all of it’s rich history.
Yet for all of that, for all of our vast technology, we are still the mirror image of our ancestors when it comes to survival.
The strong survive.
We use our advanced technology to simply build better sticks and stones.
As our population increases, rather then feed, shelter, educate and care for our fellow brethren, we spend Billions and Billions, 2, 3, 10, 20 times what we do on social programs, on ‘defending’ our vital interests.
And I’m not simply speaking of the United States. We are simply the World leader not just in the spending but in the leadership of where to spend our resources on.
War via NBC (not the biscuit or entertainment company but Nuclear, biological, chemical) will be one of the factors that will change the course of our future.
War(s) will change our course but it’s not the war(s) themselves but the evolution of working together as a species.
Take away the color of our skin, our ancestory and our religious beliefs and we are simply just human.
As we have evolved in our technology, we need to find a path to walk to take us from war(s) to understanding and acceptence of each other.
Just as one Nation or a small group of Nations can not control the availibility of fossil fuels, ores, food, medical supplies, one Nation or a small group should not, can not control or dominate in the use of weapons.
There will always be ‘rogues’ and the vigil must be constant. But if we do not use agencies such as the United Nations and modify or allow them to evolve to actually have credibility via enforcement, then a ‘rogue’ Nation is no different then a single supposedly benevolent Nation.
Both seek the stregnth of individual interest survival over the benefit of ‘humankind’.
The ‘need’ of the one, outweights’ the ‘need’ of the many.
So ‘war’. The question becomes can we, do we really want to stop and find the alternative?
Is the will to not just survive and not just for ourselves but our children and our childrens childrens greater then the allure of the profit?
Does the ‘good’ of the dollar in our hand today outweigh the hope of a future without war tomorrow?
I don’t think we can. I don’t think we can take that next step as we have in most aspects of our lives and say ‘I will fight no more forever’.
‘It is cold and we have no blankets. The little children are freezing to death. My people, some of them, have run away to the hills and have no blankets, no food. No one knows where they are–perhaps freezing to death. I want to have time to look for my children and see how many I can find. Maybe I shall find them among the dead’.
‘Hear me, my chiefs. I am tired. My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever’.
From : http://www2.gsu.edu/~eslmlm/chiefjoseph.html