By Al Duncan
April 15, 2011
“War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing!” Edwin Starr, 1969.
From a rational perspective this statement is accurate; when viewing it from a political, financial, or ideological perspective it’s false.
In 1948, George Orwell wrote “1984.” In his magnificently prophetic portrayal of a futuristic world, much like the world we live in today, he makes a number of profoundly factual statements. I’I will share many in this article: “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”
A word’s definition cannot be changed; however, by deviously clever design, the implications certainly can. “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind,” George Orwell.
Today, U.S. military troops are being sent to annihilate lands, property, homes, buildings, and entire cities filled with people, all under the pretext of what are called Peacekeeping missions.
The U.S. has troops permanently stationed in over 133 countries and military spending is 5.8 times more than China, 10.2 times more than Russia, and 98.6 times more than Iran. The defense budget is $708 billion, more than all other discretionary parts of the federal budget. There is no country on earth that can challenge the U.S. militarily.
“In war, truth is the first casualty,” Aeschylus, 525 BC – 456 BC