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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Will War Ever End? Ask the U.S.

Why We Fight

I read an interesting article in the
OpEdNews today entitled "Will War Ever End?" in which the author is critiquing the works of another whose main argument is that war is inevitable due to "human nature". Interesting argument, but one I cannot fully agree with. The United States has 761 military bases scattered over the world that house over 2.5 million military personnel. Our #1 industry in this country is war or war-related materials. We sell weaponry and planes to countries all over the world.

President Eisenhower warned the American people about the way our world was headed and to be aware of the "military-industrial complex". There was a documentary made in 2005 by Eugene Jarecki, entitled, "
Why We Fight", which describes the rise and maintenance of the United States military-industrial complex and its 50-year involvement with the wars led by the United States to date, especially its 2003 Invasion of Iraq. The documentary asserts that in every decade since World War II, the American public was told a lie, so that the Government (incumbent Administration) could take them to war and fuel the military-industrial economy maintaining American political dominance in the world. Interviewed about this matter, are politician John McCain, political scientist and former-CIA analyst Chalmers Johnson, politician Richard Perle, reporter William Kristol, writer Gore Vidal, and public policy expert Joseph Cirincione, and many more.

"Why We Fight" was first screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival on 17 January 2005, 44 years after President Dwight D. Eisenhower's farewell address. It won the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary, however, it received a limited public cinema release. This documentary will open your eyes like never before and makes you realize that our nation's adventures into war are no accident. It's all about money. Very sad.


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