Wednesday, 8. October 2014 1:35 | Author:Marvin Sannes
When World War 1 began the corporate entity was a little more than 2 decades old. In a very short time the Boards and Directors learned how quickly money could be made from war production. In the final months of that war the American taxpayer purchased $35 million dollars worth of saddles.
Germany’s re-armament began in 1922 and was financed with American loans and I would no be surprised if we are still paying interest on those loans.
When WW 2 ended on Sept. 2, 1945, all the war materiel piled 30′ high on the 4 sq. mile Island of Okinawa the orders came from the Pentagon to ship 50% of those weapons and supplies to Seoul and 50% to Hanoi. No one knew why, but the orders were followed and in a short time we were in the Korean War. A few years later the French were a little surprised at all this new equipment Ho Chi Men was shooting at them.
This story is from L. Fletcher Prouty’s history of Vietnam.
Today, America is at war in Afghanistan for our 14th year, Iraq since 1991, bombing Syria, crossing international borders at will, using torture, 80% of the casualties are women and children. We have killed millions of innocent people in these last 100 years of war. Under the banner of freeing the world from fascist militarists we have continued to create enemies to enhance our own military empire.
We have gone from World Wars to containment wars to Cold Wars to Wars on Crime and Drugs and now a War of Terror waged on the entire world. Like the “Crossing of the Rubicon”, the militarization of America is now 13 years in progress and corporate profit appears to be the only motivation.
Bringing Freedom and Democracy is a hallow promise when we look at the fracking debacle going on in America – the destruction of the groundwater – is proceeding for profit without debate or discussion or question from our media; they are bought and have become part of this immoral quest for profit.