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America and Israel: Modern Day Spartas


Both nations crave war, spurn peace.

by Stephen Lendman

America and Israel live by the sword. One day they'll perish by it. 

The more belligerence they pursue, the more enemies they make. They also lose influence. Eventually homeland support will erode, decay and fade.

What can't go on forever, won't. Neither nation understands in their rage to fight enemies they invent because real ones don't exist. The strategy's doomed, but how much more death, destruction, and human misery will occur first. The thought's chilling and appalling.

Both nations are sham democracies. They tolerate none at home or abroad. How can they when wars define their existence. They're not for noble aims, national security or self-defense. They're about advancing imperial dominance and tolerating no dissent.

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US Special Study Group Members Advocated War as Policy

In the early 1960s, a Special Study Group produced America's Iron Mountain report. It's purpose was "to determine, accurately and realistically, the nature of the problems that would confront the United States if and when a condition of 'permanent peace' should arrive, and to draft a program for dealing with this contingency."

At first suppressed, an unnamed insider revealed it. Its findings said disarmament would require "scrapping....a critical proportion of the most highly developed occupational specialties in the economy."

Diverting an arms budget to a "non-military system (was called) remote (in a) market economy." Replacing it with public works was said to be "wishful thinking (and) unrealistic."

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Seymour Melman's important work proved them wrong. Only his students and readers understand. Militarism comes at the expense of corrupted leaders, a culture of violence, lost industrialization, crumbling infrastructure, and suffering millions on their own, uncared for, unwanted, ignored, and forgotten to assure steady funding for America's wars, no matter the cost to society.

Melman also showed how dollars spent for vital domestic needs achieve far more bang for the buck. Instead of building constructively, Washington ignored Eisenhower's warning and pursued decades of death and destruction. America and its targeted countries suffered as a result.

Yet Iron Mountain Special Study Group members called war "the basic social system, within which other secondary modes of social organization conflict or conspire. (It's) the system (that's) governed most human societies of record, as it (does) today."

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