It’s common today to look at the debacle in Iraq and say that it was a mistake to enter the Iraq War. But it wasn’t a mistake.
There are calls to get out of the unwinnable war in Afghanistan. But it’s not a mistake, either.
Before anyone gets the idea that I support either war, I should quickly dispense with that notion. It’s simple, really: war means profit, and permanent war means permanent profit. Those who are killed don’t profit, certainly, but it’s part of the human condition to die, isn’t it? And we aren’t lacking for plenty of bodies to throw at a war.
If you look at it from that point of view, it’s not hard to see why we continue to maintain our huge military, to make all other concerns take second place to warmongering. Even death can be profitable.
In a recent news story, servicemen were being charged over two thousand dollars by an airline to be brought back to the States. There seems to be no avenue of profit that escapes the corporate masters.
Watching a politician insist that unions must be busted or that health care must not only remain highly profitable but it must become a requirement of all to pay a tax to the health care industry, or that we must cut spending on education might tempt one to think that these people just don’t have their priorities straight. But they do have them straight. They are craven lackies to the corporations – bought and paid for. They say what they are told to say. And, truth be told, many of them are in a sense corporate masters themselves, heavily invested in those corporations they serve. When they send people to die, they make money. When they keep the climate disasters coming more profits are achieved. There is no reason to think that money cannot be made from other peoples’ misfortunes.
It might be said that misfortune is the heavenly music of profit. When the holy trumpets sound for war the cash registers start ringing their bells.
So there’s no mistake in what appears on the surface to be mindless ideological ranting. There’s no mistake in the appointment of right-wing judges to the Supreme Court. Even Obama isn’t making a mistake when he sides with the agents of chaos. For it isn’t chaos at all. It is a concerted attempt to control every aspect of the world for profit. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. The rich thrive and the poor die. It’s not a new thing, but it’s the kind of thing that is best done while beating the drums of patriotism and stirring the pots of bigotry and hatred.
And it’s become blatant because the profiteers have nothing to fear. They are so much in control now that they can bring their nefarious scams into the daylight for all to see. Cry havoc, and let slip the dollars of war.