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Sunday, May 01, 2011

The Balance of Military Power and Money

All great wars of the past have been thought to be the war to beat all wars, but we have always been proven wrong. Wars have continued and millions have died, usually for the wrong reasons and the frequency of occurrence of wars are getting more and more. Wars will probably continue until the day when money is not the greatest motivating force for humanity, because everything we fight for, live for and die for is in some way based on money; either not losing riches or gaining riches. Religion and creed are only the great mobilisers of the men and boys who have to fight these wars, they do not initiate wars.

One of the principles of the continuation of war is that the balance of military power will always correct itself. No matter how powerful a country becomes its power will always cause an imbalance, which will auto-correct in some way. One way is that absolute military power leads to more greed as the possession of a seemingly unstoppable military machine makes a nation's rich and powerful want ever more. Therefore their military is forced to over-extend itself and that is where the pendulum starts to swing away from said nation. Their military start losing wars and then they start losing battles and wars. They suddenly do not have enough money and have in this process created more enemies for themselves to fight. More citizens also begin to rebel and eventually the situation rights itself politically, but at the expense of the military. This has been seen with all great military powers of the past.

Of course the only people who never seem to lose are the stupendously wealthy. Even if their countries lose wars they will live somewhere else and some day they will influence the establishment of a dominant military machine again and the process will repeat, but only to make them wealthier. Great leaders like the Lincolns and Kennedys of the past can only hold them back for a while. The only things we can be certain of is that there will be another war and then another. Dwight D. Eisenhower once said "We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex." He knew what he was talking about.

What is even scarier is what one of the greatest propagandists of all time, Herman Goering said. “Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

What we have are people who want absolute power and can influence the people to get it. Where will all this end?

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