Daily dose of news reports on international news cable channels about the devastating wars in many parts of the world makes one numb and callous or angry and mad at this insanity making you wonder if war is more lucrative than peace.
It’s really sickening watching video clips of children whose bodies are being slowly snuffed out by malnutrition because they happen to be citizens of countries where proxy wars between powerful nations are being waged in the name of world supremacy such as what is currently happening in Yemen.
Equally revolting are scenes we see on television showing innocent kids in Syria and recently even in Marawi crying on the top of their voices, perhaps hoping to understand why people engage in armed confrontation against each other but dragging them in the process as the hapless victims to a conflict they never wanted.
Is war indeed more lucrative than peace?
The United States economy, it is said, lives and dies on its war industry. If this is so, war to the US economy is more lucrative than peace. Just think of this. No US President has ever succeeded in clipping the right of American citizens to own and bear firearms as embodied in their Constitution’s Second Amendment despite the numerous killings and shootouts happening in that country claiming thousands of lives of innocent civilians.
Why? Because the lobby of the National Rifle Association (NRA) among the US executive and legislative officials in the Federal and State government levels is too strong to resist. Of course, it’s a no-brainer the connection between the NRA and the US gun, rifle and ammunition manufacturers.
Now if the gun and rifle manufacturing business in America is that lucrative where its primary customers are the American people only, think of how lucrative the American war industry is where its clients are the American government itself and other foreign governments.
The anomaly of the situation is this. The US government procures from its war industry its police and military requirements for traditional guns, rifles and the more sophisticated assault rifles. They also procure from its own war industry the sophisticated armaments such as war tanks to missiles which they also sell to their allies.
It is said that at times, if not all of the time, the US war industry also sells to the enemies of their allies the anti-missiles it sold to the latter. This is how evil war is and the industry that thrives on it. But despite this, war is still preferred by countries whose economies largely depend on its war industry.
Truth is, this is what is good with US President Donald Trump. He does not have a clear understanding of the role of his country’s war industry in propping up the US economy. That he is so focused on bringing back to the US the traditional US industries that he said were stolen by foreign countries proves this beyond any iota of doubt.
His focus of bringing the US industries back to US soil so more jobs could be brought back also betrays his lack of appreciation why these US industries are located in foreign lands. His administration’s goal of reducing the corporate tax to achieve the objective of returning to American soil foreign-based US companies just shows he does not have a clear grasp about the dynamics of cheap labor and tax holidays in host countries of these US companies plus the availability of raw materials in those places.
But be that as it may, the return to US soil of American companies hosted in foreign lands will not alter the American economy’s dependence on its war industry. Sooner or later, Trump will be made to understand this by his Pentagon advisers. And when this happens, the lucrativeness of war over peace in the eyes of the US economy will be further perpetuated.
Peace should be understood as not just the absence of war because wars can be waged for the flimsiest of reasons. Peace means converting armaments into ploughshares, meaning, instead of making any country dependent on its war industry, all should be engaged in the most basic economic activity, agriculture.
As what we have kept on harping here for the longest time, agriculture is everything in human life. Agriculture sustains life not war armaments. Focus should therefore be on how to develop agriculture so it can ensure food supply, thus assure food security for all.