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Post by Rockhopper on Mon Aug 18, 2014 3:59 pm

Sums it up very well!


A century has passed since the start of World War I, which many people at the time declared was “the war to end all wars.” Unfortunately, wars just kept happening. And with the headlines from Ukraine getting scarier by the day, this seems like a good time to ask why.

Once upon a time wars were fought for fun and profit; when Rome overran Asia Minor or Spain conquered Peru, it was all about the gold and silver. And that kind of thing still happens. In influential research sponsored by the World Bank, the Oxford economist Paul Collier has shown that the best predictor of civil war, which is all too common in poor countries, is the availability of lootable resources like diamonds. Whatever other reasons rebels cite for their actions seem to be mainly after-the-fact rationalizations. War in the preindustrial world was and still is more like a contest among crime families over who gets to control the rackets than a fight over principles.

If you’re a modern, wealthy nation, however, war — even easy, victorious war — doesn’t pay. And this has been true for a long time. In his famous 1910 book “The Great Illusion,” the British journalist Norman Angell argued that “military power is socially and economically futile.” As he pointed out, in an interdependent world (which already existed in the age of steamships, railroads, and the telegraph), war would necessarily inflict severe economic harm even on the victor. Furthermore, it’s very hard to extract golden eggs from sophisticated economies without killing the goose in the process.

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Post by Lenzabi on Mon Aug 18, 2014 4:49 pm

Just wait for the wars for peak oil/peak water/peak food hit.

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Post by Rogue on Thu Sep 25, 2014 5:24 am

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Post by Monk (in hiding) on Thu Sep 25, 2014 8:28 am

Don't we all fight internal wars within ourselves?

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Post by Lenzabi on Fri Sep 26, 2014 6:08 am

I have sat through footage of the Syrian war the fighting is brutal, the civil war between government and moderate rebels is bad enough. The extremists love slow be-headings to make infidels and enemies suffer. I know the Russian version of the Military Industrial Complex will make out like bandits from the war.

Now with us getting involved against the ISIS, well our MIC will also feed at the trough of death.

I also saw footage of town no longer in combat and back under government control being restored, ruins will be replaced with new buildings, the footage showed how devastated many of the cities and towns are from all the fighting.

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