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War Is Like Rust

LynRobison Wrote: Jan 31, 2013 11:38 AM
The U.S. tends not to invade countries in which U.S. corporations are doing business. In fact, that tends to be the purpose of many U.S. wars: to get U.S. corporations into the conquered country. See the book The Secret History of the American Empire: The Truth About Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and How to Change the World for lots of details. The liberal / conservative paradigm is now a false one. Conservatism has changed. Conservatives are generally not Jeffersonians who believe in a limited federal government. They are Hamiltonians who believe in a strong federal government. Mitt Romney is a prime example of this. They want to expand the federal government through endless warfare. The true conservatives are now libertarians.

War seems to come out of nowhere, like rust that suddenly pops up on iron after a storm.

Throughout history, we have seen that war can sometimes be avoided or postponed, or its effects mitigated -- usually through a balance of power, alliances and deterrence rather than supranational collective agencies. But it never seems to go away entirely.

Just as otherwise lawful suburbanites might slug it out over silly driveway boundaries, or trivial road rage can escalate into shooting violence, so nations and factions can whip themselves up to go to war -- consider 1861, 1914 or 1939. Often, the pretexts...

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