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War: Ruminations and Ruinations

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Ruinous and deadly wars throughout history should have given people everywhere down through the ages cause and pause for thinking about what has happened and why it has happened. While many people presumably have and continue to do just that, what they know and understand is usually controlled by their nation's power elite. That is never more the case than in America from its beginning and continuing. The power elite (aka the ruling class) in the "Devil's Marriage" between Corporate America and Government America that make up America's corpocracy essentially control what most Americans know and understand about what the corpocracy has done, is doing, and plans to do next.1 As if that sort of exploitative wrongdoing were not enough, the power elite's evildoing is ruining America and the world.2 America, as the world knows, is the greatest threat to peace.3

This article wrenches itself free of America's corpocracy and gives readers an unvarnished review and examination of America's wars since the time America "was born in the womb of war." In one of my books I wrote about America's "oldest professions," warring and spying.4 If they are allowed to continue, one or more forms of doomsday will visit humanity later this century as some experts forecast.5 To rescue the future, America first needs to rescue itself from its power elite. In my newest book, "911!" I spell out in detail a rescue plan and who need to be the rescuers.6

The purpose of this article is straightforward, to make a convincing argument that war is neither unavoidable nor just nor inevitable. I start by "enlisting" (that word is not really meant to have military connotations) the "reinforcement" (ditto the first parenthetical) of luminaries down through the ages and what they have said against war. Following them, I am on my own with the support of my research and analysis to present my argument full blown. I end by giving my explanation for why war happens, why it seems to be inevitable and why it need not be inevitable.

Luminaries Against War Down Through the Ages

It is more rather than less discouraging to know that many notable people down through the ages have voiced their disapproval of and disgust over the habit called war. If the "voices heard" in this section of the article had instead been a roaring cheer for war, this article might never have been written!

Edward Abbey: Anarchism is not a romantic fable but the hardheaded realization, based on five thousand years of experience, that we cannot entrust the management of our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals, and county commissioners.

Alfred Adler: To all those who walk the path of human cooperation war must appear loathsome and inhuman.

Aeschylus: In war, truth is the first casualty.

Aesop: Any excuse will serve a tyrant.

Anonymous: A great war leaves a country with three armies: an army of cripples, an army of mourners, and an army of thieves.

Issac Asimov: Violence is the first refuge of the incompetent.

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Author of The Devil's Marriage: Break Up the Corpocracy or Leave Democracy in the Lurch; America's Oldest Professions: Warring and Spying; and Corporate Reckoning Ahead.

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Do you think war is inevitable? Do you think war is unadvoidable and just? Why does war happen, anyway? Can war be ended for good?

This article tackles those tough questions.

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Nels, thanks! With your WWII and Korea service you have seen it fro the trenches. I know you can appreciate and probably share my antiwar motto: Honor Vets for their service and sacrifice but dishonor all wars.


If you have not done so, please go to Amazon Books and enter Gary Brumback's "911!" book. Continue to the Look Inside that shows the T of C and Preface.


I priced the book as cheaply as Amazon would allow me. I don't want to make money from the sale of the book. I just want to make peace!


Pls consider buying it, which allows you to write a book review, whether good, bad or inbetween. Reviews show potential buyers the book is being read.


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What struck me is "what they know and understand is usually controlled by their nation's power elite."

I often wonder how the bright people I meet are so clueless as to what is unfolding before their eyes, but then I know it is because of the unintended consequences (UC) of this transformational era -- where information technology has allowed the power-elite to control what anyone knows. I am writing about the UC, for my first posts on my own blog... if I ever get around to it.

Also, having read all the history and literature of mankind, including the science of evolution, and after watching television today -- a non-stop promotion of male aggression and violence -- I have my own theory: that the human male from the get-go used power to accumulate everything needed to survive. Wealth meant weapons, and the ability to silence any disrupters. Nothing has changed.

'She' on the other hand (as Elaine Morgan points out in her book "The Descent of Woman") had to develop empathy in order to grasp the needs of her non-speaking offspring. ' She' also had to learn to survive without muscle or weapons, and thus, evolution gave her all the self-sustaining CRITICAL THINKING skills that has come down to us gals. (yeah, I know, the trolls will go--'waddabout' all those nasty, violent, women! Read the book!)

The difference is simple... for all of history, 'she' grows a human being in her body...nurtures it until adulthood, and develops thought processes that enable its survival. 'He' can't do much thinking if he wants to kill that lion before it pounces -- to get the prime meat he must become be a man of action! He has developed 'action- first' skills, while she feeds a child with her milk, and, at the same time, watches to see if her one year old is too close to the fire, and if her 2 year old is not wandering off, and... well ...THINKING has evolved to aid the survival of future generations. Without HER there are no future generations as Atwood describes in her fiction!

Back to your question, I am so sorry to say that I believe that War is inevitable. Every day that the unhinged lunatic remains in charge, shows this to be true. Today, Trump wants to pull us out of the Open Skies treaty, despite all the voices that warn against it. He is a loose canon, and did not even consult our top war-mongers at the Pentagon before setting Turkey loose to bomb, bomb bomb.

Finally , I love your book, which I read, as you know, and I learned to so much; (although, I already know a bunch of stuff.)

I now use the word power-elite all the time! It is the perfect definition of those men in the cabals that run the world. Everyone should get "911"... and, I wish there was a deity, so I could dial 911 and yell "Help!"

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Susan, almost 100% of the corpocracy's power elite is male!! Moreover, we live in and are dominated by a patriarchal society.

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A few things I'd like to add:

An interesting book came out in '67, 'Report From Iron Mountain - On the Possibility and Desirability of Peace', by Leonard Levin, a satire on the sources and promotions of war. It's conclusion was that war was unavoidable, therefore inevitable, because our economy had become so dependent upon it, especially since WWII. The book largely disappeared for 20 years, or so, when I encountered it in a reprint. It is now available again, via alibris.com.

It is clear that war is the ultimate consumer. It produces nothing, only destroys, grinding up concrete, metals and human beings with equal disdain. It is this endless, ultimate appetite for destruction that 'justifies' its necessity to the wealth power elite, who not only profit from investing in the 'defense' industries that provide the tools of destruction, but subsequently in the federal contracts for reconstruction in the areas that have been obliterated.

This is the endless cycle that must be broken. If there's no more money to be made through war profiteering, it will go away. This was realized by the signitories to the Kellogg-Briand Pact in 1928, which internationally outlawed not only war profiteering, but war mongering as well. It should be noted that the U.S. did not join in signing the Pact.

As was stated in a popular film some time ago, now, "FOLLOW THE MONEY!!!'

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A brief addendum - it is also what President Eisenhower warned us about in 1961, in his Farewell Address from the Oval Office, with his mention of the "military-industrial complex", a statement he was advised NOT to make. I've watched the TV film several times, and during it, just before he utters that phrase, he looks off camera to his right, as if to say, 'I'm going to say this, and you can't stop me.' Little was made of it at the time.

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Eisenhower was being very disingenuous and self-serving in his farewell address. After all, he presided over the military-industrial complex during his two terms in office. His CIA and his Office of Special Operations were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people simply for profit and imperialism based on the ideology of manifest destiny. You will note that none of this is mentioned in his address, nor did he express any regret or ask anyone for forgiveness. In sum, he was just another ordinary surrogate murdering US president!

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No question about any of that. He had done his duty, as he saw it, and had been trained to do it, from the staff of General Pershing as a captain onward. But he also said, "War is stupid." He was well aware of General Butler's book "War is a Racket", and of the attempt to remove Roosevelt from office during his first term, as FDR was branded a "traitor to his class" by none other than that very same class of already obscenely wealthy 'patriots' who would invest their money to help elect Hitler in '33, including Henry Ford, who went to visit Hitler, and came away 'very impressed'. There were/are plenty of profiteering fools to go around, and have been since before the Civil War, though there was nothing 'civil' about it. Ike's abilities to organize, and to figure out how to get/use contentious military leaders, i.e. Montgomery and Patton, to work/fight together in common cause, were what lead the 'elite' - though there's nothing truly elite about them - to put him in the White House. He had nothing to do with the start of the Korean Conflict, but was able to negotiate a Cease Fire and mollify Macarthur. A careful reading of his many books, especially those written after he left office, and public life, reveal a deep regret about what he had to do. And I think that remark was the beginning of his attempt to somehow make amends. And, it is easy to say, Too little, Too late, now, 60 years on, but one must also take into account his deeply conservative background, and near poverty level beginnings. He and Truman didn't like each other much, but came to respect each other, and not only because of the office they shared, but because of other shared experiences as veterans of the two great wars of the 20th century. They understood that experience, and its great waste, in ways the 'elite' never could.

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Magnificent comment, Gene. The looking glass becomes much clearer.

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Very interesting and informative commentary Gene!

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