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Agree that war is good for business

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War. What is it good for? Well, financially, absolutely everything. WW2 pulled America out of the depression and this lesson has never been lost on big business. A long drawn out not-too-destructive-at-home war is the one and the Cold War had it all. Endless money to buy absurd weaponry and no thought of morality, use of resources, etc.

What could be as good, now that the evil empire has embraced billionaires and poverty again? Well, if you can both direct a war and use your own companies to supply the expensive weaponry for the boys, then you are in a stunning economic position. And all underwritten by the tax payers. It helps if you are both the Vice President and a leading businessman.

Let’s knock it down and build it up. Why the Iraqi business community would be thought to want to enrich westerners, when they could enrich themselves is one question that seems to have been unasked. “Come on generals don’t be slow, man this is war a go go.” Here, Country Joe memorably described financial opportunities in Vietnam, but his line “Be the first one on the block to have your boy come home in a box.” is more striking.

I thought about this whilst watching the lovely Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a young man killed in Iraq, who would not lie down and accept her tragedy with good grace and dignity. A bit of me thought that she should have known this could happen and what about all the poor Iraqi mothers who are not heard. Then I thought no, go for it Cindy and I wished I’d seen her when she came to Scotland.

This is Casey's song and it just goes on and on.

 

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'Hamish ' is an antiwar writer socialist- scientist and musician living in Scotland.
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