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Good Old American Know How

Christopher Brauchli

He had grown up in a country run by politicians who sent the pilots to man the bombers to kill the babies to make the world safer for children to grow up in.
—Ursula Kroeber Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven


War making is the real "oldest profession" and the most demonstrative instance of planned obsolescence. Shoot bullets, more can be made. Explode bombs, more can be made. Send soldiers, more can be made. People are fungible to the war mongers, just ask Henry Kissinger.


It's disappointing that there is only one comment a day after this article is posted.
The making of war, which the US does best, and is the most vile of its vile practices, does not seem of great interest to CD posters.

Is it that they feel helpless to do anything to stop this and so maintain silence on the subject, or is the subject just too inconsequential (since it is not happening at home) to warrant notice?

That there is not a strong anti-war movement in the US speaks ill of the people of the USA. It should be the #1 priority when listing problems with the government, but it hardly makes the list.

The UN and the International Criminal Court in the Hague have been established to prevent warfare and punish offenders, but they seem to be powerless when it comes to warfare initiated by the bellicose US and/or its surrogates.

What is needed is a strengthening of the UN and ICC to make warfare (the height of arrogance, cruelty, insanity and idiocy) a thing of the past, regardless of the strengths of the country that initiates a war.