“There is no instance of a country ever having benefited from prolonged warfare.”
Oh, we know what the military industrial financial complex tells us, but since it seems that we are losing some kind of war here at home what with all these people losing their jobs, homes, savings, dignity and so on, I though I’d do some research:
Seems like this war we’re losing is a war about money and property, like what we’ve been losing for quite some time now, not about any ‘isms’ or religions, least of all “Muslimism”.
Main question: Who is winning what?
I’m told it’s a group of impossibly wealthy families… that controls the international central bank financing a New World Order conspiracy (now grappling with the Internet Reformation – information and opinion like this)
But I thought banks were on our side? you say.
Then we discover that throughout history, the core business of international central banking has been war and the only ‘product’ they trade in is debt.
To the detriment, in fact to the regular bankruptcy, crash and depression of everyone who borrows their fractional money. It’s known as the boom-bust capitalist cycle.
And that’s everyone!
Look around – what’s the universal problem? Debt: The Ancient Curse of Usury or the modern, pimped up derivative…
All the equipment used in war has to be bought and we do the buying with borrowed money and anyone running into a fight isn’t really worried about things like interest. (Except Lincoln – he created the Greenback Dollar, real money, to do the job).
This high-interest borrowing puts our nation, and us, into the debt we see all around us, spent into the distant future through our joint arm, NATO.
How come there aren’t any enemy soldiers running around in America shooting at us? They all “act as individua suicide bombers”, not in companies or battalions. Why do we never hear or see terrorists caught at airports or harbors?
Where is the enemy? The world has shrunk to the point of Big Macs in every city in the world znc there just isn’t much space left to fight on in the First World, atomic war kills us all and “conventional” warfare – bombing each others’ cities – is obsolete.
Banks trade in debt; they buy, sell, deal, value, optimise and with amazing sleight of hand, turn debt into very complicated money-making derivaties that we don’t understand like “Mortgage-Backed Securities” and “Credit Default Swaps” and ‘gamble’ with them.
Good deal, too! They win, they keep the loot. They lose, we pick up the tab.
The main source for debt is that incurred by nations through the cost of war, a huge drain on human and material resources, debt created with money borrowed at interest from the central banks.
And they will lend to any ‘side’, too, ’cause debt’s what they deal in, nothing else: keep it simple, but make it sound real complicated.
Marine General Smedley Butler said “War is a Racket” so lucrative that the banks keep it going for as long as they can without even discussing its object: to win. Today, there is very little space left to actually fight on – the world has shrunk to a MacDonalds on every other corner in every city in the world.
But we know, having studied Sun Tzu that if you are not actually out to win, “when you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men’s weapons will grow dull…
“In war, then, let your great object be victory, not never-ending campaigns.
“If the campaign is protracted, the resources of the State will not be equal to the strain.
“There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare.
“Poverty of the State exchequer causes an army to be maintained by contributions from a distance. Contributing to maintain an army at a distance causes the people to be impoverished.
“When their substance is drained away, the peasantry will be afflicted by heavy exactions.
“With this loss of substance and exhaustion of strength, the homes of the people will be stripped bare, and three-tenths of their income will be dissipated; while government expenses for broken chariots, worn-out horses, breast-plates and helmets, bows and arrows, spears and shields, protective mantles, draught-oxen and heavy wagons, will amount to four-tenths of its total revenue.”
We’ve strayed so far from the basics of Tzu’s lessons that we have also neglected or ignored the fact that, “in the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good.
“Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.”
Where then is the ‘supreme excellence’ in the pre-emptive Shock and Awe destruction of men, women and children – whole countries – unless the deception of this war is over our own minds and we do not see that these ‘wars’ we are waging are solely a business for profit?
DEBT, DEBT, NOTHING BUT DEBT
Secondary sources of debt are extracted from us in our daily life where everything has a cost over and above the cost of manufacture and distribution, fees that creep upwards through time, arbitrary extra-economic ‘charges’ from the cost of lending (depositing) money through a bank’s ATM to the cost of transferring money, late payment fees and other hidden costs in hire-purchase and loan contracts. Particularly interest on loans we take out over longer time periods, the most lucrative to the banks being the twenty to thirty year Mortgage Bond, an instrument that keeps you tied to debt for the most productive years of your life, binding you to a final cost often more than twice the agreed-upon price for your home – and in economic ‘bust’ times, you lose it anyway.
It is also, like war, organised, institutionalised, legalised theft. Do the math: We, the People are losing this one..