The Eternity of War
Only the Arms Industry Flourishes
[This article from March 26, 2002 is translated from the German on the World Wide Web, www.indymedia.de/2002/03/18658.html.]
Historians have discovered that there were merely 26 days since the end of the Second World War when no war raged anywhere in the world. The wars and genocides since 1945 have killed more persons than the Second World War. What a horrible balance of the bloodiest century in humanityfs history!
Now Germany enters again in a war although nearly all former German war combatants, disabled, bereaved and displaced persons are united in the watchword: gWar never againh. Why is the will to peace so weak? Why is the open or concealed consent to war so relatively strong however the western Afghanistan engagement is bashfully paraphrased? One powerful reason may be that the generation which experienced first-hand the horrors and consequences of war no longer decides politically whether Germany should wage war any more or not. Other reasons could be that wars nowadays are waged under the guise of ghuman rights goalsh. The western monopoly media censure and ignore terrifying pictures. Thus frightening pictures donft penetrate the living rooms and hearts of people. gThe first victim of war is truth.h
The wicked profiteering with war, with human security needs and anxieties around peace, the attempt to make money out of terror and to prevent these intentions from reaching the public as damaging to business occur. Aristophanes (around 445-385B.C.) said: gWar is a true misery.h Andersen Nexo wrote: gWar is produced by predators in human form who in their greedy hunger for profit build a wall in heads and put dynamite (today rockets and bombs) under the wall to explode it.h
Since every war and genocide conceals an escalation danger, the arms industry wins worldwide. The spiral of violence driven upwards massively stimulates the weapons trade so that one could almost assume that war is protected under patent law by the powerful arms conglomerates and their political lobbyists. gEternal warh in contrast to Immanuel Kantfs idea of geternal peaceh would mean war-conditioned permanent profits for the concerned businesses and their shareholders. Several weeks after the attacks of September 11, the sales of the arms corporations in the leading industrial states went up. The stock prices of weapons suppliers rose in double digits despite worldwide recession tendencies. The anthrax threat, whoever may be behind it, forced up the stocks of US-pharmaceutical and biotech corporations. Even if the collapse of the Twin Towers was a cost factor for the insurance companies, the insurance branch will emerge financially strengthened in the long-term from the gterror crisish since the fear and alarm of people will lead to new claims on insurance services.
gSecurity packagesh will be arranged by insurers. The state will offer citizens new gsecurity benefitsh and present them with the massive bill. Often the citizen without complaining will tighten his belt for ginner and outer securityh. The churches and welfare associations hope for increased donations to mitigate effects of war like hunger, homelessness, sicknesses and mass exodus in Afghanistan. The increasingly profitable present war operations are passed off as a battle against grogue statesh and gterrorist centersh, as a gbattle of good against evilh or as a crusade of ggood personsh against the guncivilizedh. Lastly the western electronic and print media will be the winners in the current situation through higher ratings and circulation figures owing to the heightened need for information of alarmed persons. In a strange war euphoria of the opinion dictators, pacifists, war critics of every kind and dissenters in general hardly get a hearing. Thus disclosure of the true backgrounds of war is often difficult.
In the past, wars were waged for geo-political and geo-economic reasons. This is true today as a side effect of globalism. Access to oceans as in Bosporus, Gibralter, the Gulf of Aden and the Suez canal, controls of harbors allover the world, transit routes to the land, water and air are central. Long-term stationing of gdefensive troopsh in foreign countries with the status of protectorates and foreign trade influence through interest-targeted allocation of economic assistance insure the continuance of war. Access to diverse world raw materials, control of local petroleum and natural gas reserves in the region around the Caspian sea will be decisive along with the worldwide assurance of patent rights and copyright law, exploration- and exploitation rights in countries where capital hardly exist and western capital flow appears necessary. The media battle for publishing- and broadcast rights. Everything is overshadowed by the struggle for market shares and new sales markets. For a long time, most wars will be results of a worldwide economic war under the trivializing watchword of globalization.
In 1951, Bertold Brecht said: gWhen one hears the big shots speak, wars are only waged out of fear of God and for everything good and beautiful. But when one looks closely and isnft an idiot, wars are waged for profit.h Profit obviously stands not only for monetary gain but also for attaining political, military and media power through subjugation of other states and peoples. The US military force stationed in Saudi Arabia since the second Gulf war (1990-1991) fits the US concept of controlling the oil reserves there which amount to a quarter of the world reserves. The power and independence of petroleum appears in Bin Laden as the most-wanted man of the world who built his private assets from Saudi Arabian oil revenues as the recent book gBin Laden and the Forbidden Truthh revealed. The current bombing and military occupation of Afghanistan had its prelude in 1979 with the march of the Soviet army in the service of gproletarian internationalismh as the form of a gred globalizationh. For the Soviets, a geo-economic goal was also in the center. A pipeline to the gArabian seah was to be built from Uzbekistan and other oil-rich former Soviet republics in which western and above all US firms promote and market foreign oil today.
While the Soviets cleared the land in Hindukusch after an unsuccessful ten-year struggle in 1988/89, the US could quickly reach its geo-strategic goal in the region. Americans are not bringers of human rights but hunters for the raw material oil. gArmored communismh is historically dead but garmored capitalismh is more alive than ever. Soon $1 trillion will be spent annually for soldiers and weapon systems worldwide with simultaneous glaring misery for the world. May the third world war never come!