The Terrorism of the Military
When it comes to thinking about the militaries potential for terrorism our imaginations are truly staggered. For instance, when World War II ended some 50 million people were left dead and some 10 million people were maimed and left disabled for life. In World War I, in one battle alone, the battle of
The terrorism of the military cannot be measured strictly by the number of people it is able to kill. The first terror of the military is seen in the hundreds of billions of dollars, that could go into advancing the quality of life on the planet, goes instead into to the weapons industry that is a very large lucrative business controlled by a very select group of very powerful men. Funding for international family planning, sufficient to insure that everyone in the Third World has access to family planning services would involve, for instance only about $10 billion/year, peanuts relative to the First World's military budget. Such family planning has already been proven to pull the pressure off of world population explosion and thus works powerfully to reduce human suffering, pain and disease. Yet people, especially in Washington, fight against this funding using fanatic religious abortion politics as reason, preferring mass instruments of human destruction to humane help with family planning and the general education of women, which goes very far in improving their lot in life.
"Through manipulation and tactics of fear, the weapons industry controls governments draining them mercilessly from their financial resources."
- Charles Mercieca, Ph.D.
The weapons industry, according to Mercieca, which claims it exists to save and protect the lives of people, is instead "a main source of people's suffering, a financial burden on entire nations, a cause to numerous regional conflicts, and the greatest threat to our environment." The weapons industry is known to be one of the biggest producers of toxic waste contributing, more than any other single industry, to the destruction of our ecological system.
"If we were to judge a tree by the fruit it gives, then the weapons industry must be viewed as the most satanic and vicious device that ever existed in human history."
- Charles Mercieca, Ph.D.
Mercieca, President of the International Association of Educators for World Peace and Professor at
People of all nations are indoctrinated from early age to view their militaries will pride. Feelings of hope, prosperity, stability and peace are also commonly linked to identification with ones military history or prowess. No differently then the people in Russia and in other communist countries which were once indoctrinated to view communism in a positive light, military nationalism runs deep in the blood of many people from many different imperial or formally imperial countries.
Mercieca concludes that we "need to follow the footsteps not of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, who believed their security lied in a strong military, but in the philosophy of Mother Teresa of
There has never been a war machine like the one that now exists in
The School of the
Obviously there are many different ways to wage war, and when the subtler and easily kept secret ways fail overt direct military champagnes become options. With a 300 billion dollar a year (peace time) war machine primed and pumped, and ready to go to 400 billion in war time, and with all of this under the control of a man of doubtful moral and psychological character, it is no joke when Doug Casey says, "I've got a feeling what's brewing is the biggest thing since at least World War II. The historical clock looks to me like it's at about 1936. Straws in the wind are starting to signal a brewing hurricane." What was Einstein talking about when he said, "Poor America, the Apocalyptic rider is coming." It sounds like that should read today poor world instead of poor America yet many in America are both worried and scared as to what is already happening there. If this is just the beginning of a great time of darkness, can anyone actually imagine what it will be like in the middle or after the end?
It was a miracle that we got through the cold war without any atomic exchanges, is it possible that humanity could squeeze through a second major miracle during the following decade? The World is at war, it is just beginning but it comes at the end of a long string of wars that have been fought for one reason or another throughout history. And even if beyond all odds atomic weapons of mass destruction are never ever used again we have seen how airplanes, chemical and biological weapons, and even conventional bombs can be used in their place. It is always a sad and scary time, the beginning of world wars, when madmen are set loose to affect their agendas on the world stage. Americans are again ready to make war not love and of course they have their excuses. New York gave that to them but as we will say many times, violence as a response to terrorism is the worst way to go. It is unlikely that our leaders will learn this lesson even though there are plenty of historical and present world events that suggest strongly that this is true.
Doug Casey continued with, "Americans have often wondered where the Germans were able to recruit all the people who staffed the Gestapo and the SS. The fact is, however, that sociopaths, sociopath sympathizers, the weak-kneed, and the easily-led form a standard distribution across all societies, in all times. We have just as many in
Most of us were deeply shocked on September 11th, and most of us agreed that if we had seen it in a movie we would have thought it most fantastic and overdone. It was beyond even the 'official' imagination of the intelligence community though there were warnings and even though the