"The 2000 Yard Stare", a famous depiction of the trauma of war
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|War is the organised and large scale use of armed forces, in the modern era, generally directed by national governments. It has gone on since the beginning of recorded history, though the numbers killed have increased with larger populations and the proportion of civilian victims has increased with more efficient weapons.
- 1 Official Narrative
- 2 The Health Of The State
- 3 Perpetual wars
- 4 Weapons of mass destruction
- 5 External Links
- 6 Examples
- 7 Related Quotations
- 8 Related Documents
- 9 References
Great lengths are gone to to glorify war. Killing, usually proscribed in the strongest terms by most societies, is allowed and even glorified during a war. Patriotism, love of the country of ones birth and a readiness to kill strangers from outside it on demand are equated, particularly for the young male populations. The general narrative is of war as a necessary evil which should be tolerated within certain limits (the "laws of war" such as the Geneva Convention). Specific wars are always buttressed by carefully prepared official narratives particular to local circumstances, personalities and social mores.
- Full article: casus belli
- Full article: casus belli
A casus belli, a cause for war, is an essential part of the narrative of the "just war" which suggests that wars are acceptable. Referring to the United States's entry into World War I, US Senator Hiram Johnson is widely reported to have observed that "the first casualty when war comes is truth".
False Flag Attacks
- Full article: False Flag Attacks
- Full article: False Flag Attacks
False Flag Attacks are attacks intended to be blamed on someone other than the perpetrator. Almost all modern wars begin with one or more such attack which the aggressor blames on the country they wish to attack, to provide a pretext to spur on the attacking forces and promote the support of third parties. These are sometimes treated with scepticism from the outset, other times they remain unrevealed for many years.
The Health Of The State
“In times of peace, without an external enemy, the fear that feeds war tends to find its outlet within the society, in the hatred between classes and races, in the everyday violence of crime, of automobile accidents, and even the self-violence of suicide. War sucks much of this up into one fulcrum and shoots it outward to make an unknown enemy pay for our internal sins.”
Ernest Becker (1975) 
“War is the health of the state”  wrote Randolph Bourne in the midst of World War 1. As the nations of Europe went to war in 1914, the governments flourished, patriotism bloomed, class struggle was temporarily stilled, and young men died in their millions on the battlefields - often for a few hundred yards of land gained or lost.
In the United States, not yet in WWI, there was worry about the health of the state. Socialism was growing. The IWW seemed to be everywhere. Class conflict was intense. In the summer of 1916, during a Preparedness Day parade in San Francisco, a bomb exploded, killing nine people; two local radicals, Tom Mooney and Warren Billings, were arrested and would spend twenty years in prison. Shortly after that Senator James Wadsworth of New York suggested compulsory military training for all males to avert the danger that "these people of ours shall be divided into classes." Rather: "We must let our young men know that they owe some responsibility to this country."
"A bayonet is a weapon with a worker at each end." - An anonymous British pacifist slogan during World War II.
- Full article: Perpetual war
- Full article: Perpetual war
The "War on Terror" and the "War on Drugs" and are two examples of what Professor Peter Dale Scott refers to as "America's self-generating wars". They are not intended to be won, as they provide a great increase in ease of social control. Many of those involved, from the DEA to the marketers of private prisons, from "terror experts" and their "counter-terror" industry which has sprung up, are so busy profiting from these wars that they don't stop to question them. As Global Research notes, the media “experts” "are nothing less than military salesman hyping their stock portfolios."
In 1948, George Orwell's dystopian 1984 included the observation that “The primary aim of modern warfare is to use up the products of the machine without raising the general standard of living.”  In 1974, Mae Brussell predicted that "We are going to see a great number of articles in the future from so-called experts and public officials. They will warn about more violence, more kidnappings, and more terrorists. Mass media, the armed forces, and intelligence agencies will saturate our lives with fascist scare tactics and “predictions” that have already been planned to come true."
Weapons of mass destruction
The 1945 dropping of atomic weapons on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki forever changed the narrative of war, in spite of extensive efforts to hide the longer term consequences of the attacks. No atomic weapons have been dropped on civilian populations since, though tens of thousands have been (and still are being) produced, most notably by the USA, which has more nuclear weapons than all other nations combined.
- Full article: Depleted Uranium
- Full article: Depleted Uranium
Biological warfare is prohibited, as is research into new viruses and biological agents. However, this ban is largely ineffective, since research into prevention of such developments is permitted - and amounts to more or less the same thing. In any case, biological weapons research labs are generally highly secure facilities not subject to oversight in any case.
Chemical warfare began in WW1 with the use of toxic gases such as chlorine, and the terrifying injuries quickly lead to a ban on its use. Chemical weapons such as white phosphorus are nevertheless sometimes used, even in urban areas, for example by Israeli forces in the Gaza War or by US forces in Fallujah.
|1948 Palestine war
|1980s Afghan war
|24 December 1979
|15 February 1989
|Another episode of the Soviet Union and US imploding a third world country from inside by fuelling a civil war with weapon smuggling. Afghanistan has yet to recover.
|1982 Lebanon War
|6 June 1982
|An Israeli invasion of Lebanon. They militarily occupied some of the country until 2000.
|1998 bombing of Iraq
|16 December 1998
|19 December 1998
|2003 Iraq War
|A war for oil carried out after "Operation Mass Appeal" an MI6-backed propaganda campaign.
|2006 Lebanon War
|12 July 2006
|14 August 2006
|2011 Attacks on Libya
|15 February 2011
|23 October 2011
|"Perhaps one of the most egregious examples of US military aggression and lawlessness in recent memory", carried out under a pretext of "humanitarian intervention".
|2014 Ukraine coup/Civil war
|2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
|24 February 2022
|In a new episode of Cold War 2.0 Russia forcefully halted NATO expansion by invading Ukraine, with financial support of China. Although the EU and US denounced the "war crimes" as multiple cities were bombed, several countries opted less severe sanctions to keep importing diamonds and luxury goods and gas (and their loaned money) from Russia, seemingly creating a new iron curtain in Eastern Europe.
|7 October 2001
|30 August 2021
|The war in Afghanistan, instigated within a month of 9/11, supposedly in retaliation, with the claimed justification - for which no evidence has been presented - that the attacks were planned by Ossama bin Laden, and that he was based in Afghanistan.
|1 November 1954
|19 March 1962
|The Algerian War of Independence
|American Civil War
|The Start of US World dominations, the Civil war saw capitalists fight capitalists in a war over tax, slavery and the question how big and kind of an imperial force the US should become on the North American continent.
|6 April 1992
|4 December 1995
|Keeping the populace demoralised is a goal of the Deep State.
|2 April 1982
|14 June 1982
|A politically very convenient military conflict championed by Margaret Thatcher.
|Gaza War (2008–09)
|27 December 2008
|18 January 2009
|Three weeks of assault launched against Gaza by Israel, including the use of white phosphorus, leaving over 1000 people dead and over 5000 injured.
|2 August 1990
|28 February 1991
|A war used by the US to effectively cow the Saudis into submission and bolster US military domination of the Gulf region.
|22 September 1980
|20 August 1988
|An war from 1980-1988, that was ended with a UN-brokered ceasefire.
|Irish War of Independence
|25 June 1950
|27 July 1953
|Sea of Japan
|The war on the Korean peninsular between the China/Soviet-backed forces of the North and the US-backed South between 1951-53
|28 February 1998
|11 June 1999
|An armed conflict in Kosovo
|War on a smaller scale.
|Military groups, generally hierarchical in nature, often controlled by nation states, are organisations that specialise in using violence to achieve political ends of their masters.
|Rhodesian Bush War
|Russian Civil War
|Six Day War
|5 June 1967
|10 June 1967
|Spanish civil war
|17 July 1936
|1 April 1939
|29 October 1956
|7 November 1956
|16 December 1986
|11 September 1987
|United States invasion of Panama
|20 December 1989
|31 January 1990
|US war of aggression in 1989
|30 April 1975
|The Vietnam War was a proxy war lead by US that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from December 1956 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. Millions of people were killed, mostly Vietnamese. JFK was assassinated soon after declaring his intent to withdraw US troops. The war helped the CIA to refine its methods of illegal drug trafficking, torture and the like.
|28 July 1914
|11 November 1918
|The "Great War" and the "War to End War". Perhaps 10 million killed.
|1 September 1939
|2 September 1945
|The second world war.
|The hypothetical dystopian successor to World War II which haunts the MAD holders of nuclear weapons...
|War in Yemen
|War of 1812
|War of aggression
|30 November 1939
|13 March 1940
|Yom Kippur War
|6 October 1973
|25 October 1973
|A Bilderberg approved war in the Middle East to provide probable cause to increased the oil price, allowing US oil companies to cash in big time.
|“The economic lifeline of the industrial world runs from the gulf, and we can not permit a dictator such as this to sit astride that economic lifeline," [...] To bring it down to the level of the American citizen, let me say that means jobs. If you want to sum it up in one word, it's 'jobs'. Because an economic recession worldwide, caused by the control by one nation - one dictator if you will- of the West's economic lifeline, will result in the loss of jobs for American citizens.”
|“Sanctity of life. You believe in it? Personally, I think it’s a bunch of shit. Well, I mean, life is sacred? Who said so? God? Hey, if you read history, you realize that God is one of the leading causes of death. Has been for thousands of years. Hindus, Muslims, Jews, Christians all taking turns killing each other ‘cause God told them it was a good idea. The sword of God, the blood of the land, vengeance is mine. Millions of dead motherfuckers. Millions of dead motherfuckers all because they gave the wrong answer to the God question. “You believe in God?” “No.” Boom. Dead. “You believe in God?” “Yes.” “You believe in my God? “No.” Boom. Dead. “My God has a bigger dick than your God!” Thousands of years. Thousands of years, and all the best wars, too. The bloodiest, most brutal wars fought, all based on religious hatred.”
|“And I think, in the end, that is the best definition of journalism I have heard; to challenge authority - all authority - especially so when governments and politicians take us to war, when they have decided that they will kill and others will die.”
|“The real disease of the world is the legality and availability of war. We should have, not as now, laws of war, but laws against war; just as there are no laws of murder or of poisoning, but laws against them.”
|“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
|“The next war on land will be very different from the last one, in that we shall have to fight it in a different way. In reaching a decision on that matter, we must first be clear about certain rules of war. Rule 1, on page I of the book of war, is: "Do not march on Moscow". Various people have tried it, Napoleon and Hitler, and it is no good. That is the first rule. I do not know whether your Lordships will know Rule 2 of war. It is: "Do not go fighting with your land armies in China". It is a vast country, with no clearly defined objectives, and an army fighting there would be engulfed by what is known as the Ming Bing, the people's insurgents.”
|30 May 1962
|“Human population growth is probably the single most serious long-term threat to survival. We’re in for a major disaster if it isn’t curbed—not just for the natural world, but for the human world. The more people there are, the more resources they’ll consume, the more pollution they’ll create, the more fighting they’ll do. We have no option. If it isn’t controlled voluntarily, it will be controlled involuntarily by an increase in disease, starvation and war.
Can you give me an example?
I was in Sri Lanka recently, where a United Nations project set out in the late 1940s to eradicate malaria. It’s an island and it was therefore possible to destroy the mosquito carrying the disease. What people didn’t realize was that malaria was actually controlling the growth of the population. The consequence was that within about 20 years the population doubled. Now they’ve got to find something for all those people to do and some way to feed them.”
|21 December 1981
|“I'd like to appeal to everyone who is fighting—on both sides. People on both sides are fighting against the oligarchy. But somehow we only kill each other, ourselves. So we’re committing a slow suicide of sorts.
The “gladiators” need to break out from the “Colosseum”. Instead, a new Colosseum is being organized. We’re burying ourselves. Do we need it all? War for the sake of war? It’s stupid.
Does anyone remember why we have rebelled? Isn’t it clear that the ones we rose up against are ruling us now? For both sides. Isn’t it time for us to come to our senses, military gentlemen? Otherwise, there won’t be a single one of us left.
And the ones we should be fighting against…they will be living on. Without problems. And everything’s going to be as it was before.So I appeal one more time: start thinking. Your brain should be working, not your grenade launcher. That’s when there will be order. While the guns are working, there will only be deaths.”
|Nice truck event
|“Democracy must not be weak, nor simply commemorate. Democracy must say "We will win the war."”
|“Historically, the most terrible things - war, genocide, and slavery - have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience.”
|“[A] world in which it is wrong to murder an individual civilian and right to drop a thousand tons of high explosive on a residential area does sometimes make me wonder whether this earth of ours is not a loony bin made use of by some other planet.”
|31 December 1943
|“The first atrocity, the first war crime committed in any war of aggression by the aggressors is against the truth.”
|James R. Schlesinger
|“Someone once said that war is hell, and peace is heaven. But we know that the opposite is true: War is heaven, and peace is hell.”
|James R. Schlesinger
|“Again war. Again sufferings, necessary to nobody, utterly uncalled for; again fraud; again the universal stupefaction and brutalization of men.
Men who are separated from each other by thousands of miles, hundreds of thousands of such men (on the one hand–Buddhists, whose law forbids the killing, not only of men, but of animals; on the other hand–Christians, professing the law of brotherhood and love) like wild beasts on land and on sea are seeking out each other, in order to kill, torture, and mutilate each other in the most cruel way. What can this be? Is it a dream or a reality? Something is taking place which should not, cannot be; one longs to believe that it is a dream and to awake from it. But no, it is not a dream, it is a dreadful reality![...]
|“Here’s what I think the truth is: We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial. And like so many addicts about to face cold turkey, our leaders are now committing violent crimes to get what little is left of what we’re hooked on.”
|“They'll say we're disturbing the peace, but there is no peace. What really bothers them is we're disturbing the war.”
|Document:911 JFK and War
|18 August 2007
|Peter Dale Scott
|Document:Casualties of War
|1 November 2010
|Document:Global Warfare. Preparing for World War III
|1 August 2010
|US Global military deployments, bases and command structure analysed as integral to an agenda aiming at total world hegemony
|Document:Global economic model of war
|4 September 2013
|18 November 2014
|United States Congress
|This bill puts America on a footing for war against Russia. It has received close to zero coverage in the US and other establishment media.
|Document:I will wear a poppy for the last time
|8 November 2013
|A WW2 veteran airs his disillusionment with the way in which the establishment's cynical use of remembrance day to promote the official narrative of all the US/UK/NATO military escapades as being purely altruistically motivated.
|Document:Is media just another word for control?
|2 January 2014
|This is a transcript of John Pilger's contribution to a special edition of BBC Radio 4's 'Today' programme, on 2 January 2014, guest-edited by the artist and musician Polly Harvey.
|3 January 2014
|A list of suggested military measures to Ukraine in 2014, including "Mine Sevastopol harbour/bay"
|Document:Severe humanitarian disasters caused by US aggressive wars against foreign countries
|11 April 2021
|The China Society for Human Rights Studies
|Document:The Reasons for the Decline of MOD
|6 April 2018
|The Civil and Military Services have seen their intellectual capacity dramatically reduced as they have reduced in numbers, and for the past decade have made virtually no contribution to the redesign of the Whitehall structures of power. This now needs to change.
|Document:The War Prayer
|Mark Twain's scathing indictment of war, and particularly of blind patriotic and religious fervor as motivations for war. The piece was left unpublished at his death, largely due to pressure from his family, who feared that it would be considered sacrilegious. Twain’s publisher and other friends also discouraged him from publishing it.
|Document:Think Piece: Current Russian Strategic Thinking
|19 January 2018
|Chris Donnelly gives his view on Current Russian Strategic Thinking
|Document:War Martial Law and the Economic Crisis
|1 November 2010
|Peter Dale Scott
|Edward S. Herman
|A critique of Steven Pinker's apologetics for Western Imperial violence in his much acclaimed 2011 book The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
|File:Report from Iron Mountain.pdf
|A precient analysis of why war is considered necessary by the power-brokers of the western world
|File:The Military and Halakhah.pdf
|The classic insider's denunciation of war. Easily readable in one sitting, it is sadly just as relevant to the situation facing humanity in the early 21st century as it was when first published a few years before the carnage of World War II.
- Escape From Evil
- http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/zinnwarhea14.html Unfinished manuscript
- The American Deep State by Peter Dale Scott
- https://akamat.wordpress.com/2007/07/31/the-purpose-of-war-according-to-george-orwell-1984/ Nineteen Eighty Four