American Public Turns Anti-War … Warmongers Desperately Reply, “But War Is GOOD for Us!”

The American people are now overwhelmingly opposed to more war in Ukraine, Syria, Iran and elsewhere.

Those who get rich from war (the military-industrial complexers and big banks) and their lackeys are desperate to reverse this trend.

As such, they are resorting to more and more outlandish justifications for war.

For example, Ian Morris has written an entire book arguing that war is the best thing ever, the only thing which has lifted us out of poverty and barbarianism. And – yes – he even says that war brings peace.

David Swanson provides a must-read dismantling of Morris’ book.

Morris writes this week in the Washington Post:

War has not only made us safer, but richer, too.

In reality, security experts – conservative hawks and liberal doves alike – agree that waging war in the Middle East weakens national security and increases terrorism. See this, this, this, this, this, this and this. So it doesn’t make us safer.

And there is now overwhelming evidence that war is horrible for the economy, and makes us poorer

Morris continues:

Thinkers have long grappled with the relationships among peace, war and strength. Thomas Hobbes wrote his case for strong government, “Leviathan,” as the English Civil War raged around him in the 1640s.

In reality, Hobbes was an authoritarian who argued – just like (1) the leading Nazi legal scholar and philosopher who created the justification for “total war” to destroy those labeled an “enemy” of the Nazi state (Carl Schmitt), (2) Machiavelli, and (3) the father of the Neoconservatives (Leo Strauss) – that the public should be intentionally whipped into a frenzy of fear so that they would be willing to give up their rights and cede their freedoms to the sovereign.

Indeed, Morris accidentally reveals that he is cut from the exact same cloth when he states:

People almost never give up their freedoms — including, at times, the right to kill and impoverish one another — unless forced to do so.

In other words, freedom bad … authoritarian leader good.

Morris writes:

Since 1914, we have endured world wars, genocides and government-sponsored famines, not to mention civil strife, riots and murders. Altogether, we have killed a staggering 100 million to 200 million of our own kind. But over the century, about 10 billion lives were lived — which means that just 1 to 2 percent of the world’s population died violently. Those lucky enough to be born in the 20th century were on average 10 times less likely to come to a grisly end than those born in the Stone Age.

In other words,  War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, and Ignorance Is Strength.   I’ve seen this movie before.

Artwork by Anthony Freda

Morris cheerfully notes:

And since 2000, the United Nations tells us, the risk of violent death has fallen even further, to 0.7 percent.

Unless, of course, you live in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria or one of the other countries targeted for regime change … in which case your risk of violent death is very high.

Morris argues:

Washington [must] embrace [] its role as the only possible globocop in an increasingly unstable world — a world with far deadlier weapons than Britain could have imagined a century ago.

In other words, Morris is an unrepentant apologist for American empire.

Amusingly, the vast majority of comments to Morris’ Washington post essay attack him for being a desperate shill and a fool.

But  endless war is a feature – not a bug – of U.S. policy, and the American media (including the big “alternative” sites) are always pro-war.

So expect to hear crazier and crazier “justifications” for war.

Artwork by Anthony Freda

Category: Think Tank, War/Defense

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8 Responses to “War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, and Ignorance Is Strength”

  1. Herman Frank says:

    I read a good one-liner about this: “Drones will not kill terrorism, girls reading will.” Says it all, ends it all.

  2. ilsm says:

    99 Luftballons………..

    The Star Wars (European Phased Adaptive Approach, more untested stuff disguised sold as air/missile defense) curtain augmented with F-16′s, an illusion no more real than an iron wall across east Europe. Might think twice about drine strikes against terrorists, who Moscow might think are patriots.

    Where does Moscow set its nuclear “tripwire”. That would forestall moving “too big to lose” carriers into the Black Sea and Baltic. It might mean keeping NATO/US armoured brigades out of Kyiv.

    US could help the the Second Polish Republic, Chechens, Georgians, AQ in Syria, etc with MANPADS, AK-47′s, ammunition, Russian made RPG’s, plastic explosives, plans for IED’s etc……..

    Reprint and send out cold war CIA field guides…

    If the EU part of NATO raises their war spending above 1.4% of GDP…….

    US could make more stuff than it now, see F-35 delays, Littoral Combat Ship, Ford class carriers all and more are irrelevant.

    Benghazigaters are screaming: “Obama shoulda ordered airstrikes……” No concern for collateral damage, much less where they would have come from!!

    Frederic Bastiat said you must show the people heinous dictators to raise fear so tghey give up thier economic rights to waste on war.

    Thus it is all Putin, the new Saddaam!

  3. VennData says:

    Who cares about Morris? One fringe guy is not speaking for sane people who understand dictators. Sane people having a discussion would not recharacterize Paul Rand as a pacifist.

    Without a deterrent you are in trouble.

    Girls reading does not mean we don’t have a police force.

    This is simplistic nonsense. Yes our actions contributed to the creation of the Islamic Republic. But that doesn’t make us the sole cause. Germany, Japan etc have responded well to US militaristic determinism.

  4. Laocoon says:

    Morris’s Why the West Rules – For Now must have given him a platform to go even further beyond the facts. I thought he was really selective about his facts in the first book and strained too hard to try to support his thesis in a pseudo-quantitative way. It sounds like he’s stretched it too far in this new book, but the conservatives and “libertarians” might be pleased. Ugh.

    How does war result in prosperity? Is it not obvious that destruction for the sake of destruction, based on the development and destruction of non-income producing assets (i.e., war paraphernalia that gets blown up), is not a growth strategy? We would be so much wealthier without these huge war commitments. Obvious.

  5. jaykimball says:

    I’d like to see a war on climate change.

    I have heard it said that the cost of the Iraq war would pay for solar rooftops for every home in America. Let’s gear up to transition quickly from dirty energy to clean energy, better energy storage technology, etc…

  6. James Shannon says:

    9 Trillion$ has been spent on the US Nuclear Program since Inception!
    Killers itching to Blow someone’s stuff up! Malignant Narcissists at the helm of distraction. Playing with lives for fun and profit! Society supported sickness!

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