Wednesday, November 17, 2010
The US and the global arms businessJean-Paul Hébert and Philippe Rekacewicz give some perspective on the current scale of military spending in "War without end - The military industrial complex doesn't lack business" Le Monde Diplomatique English 11/01/2010:
The collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of its standoff with the US ushered in a period of chaos, with inter-state wars giving way to civil wars. Concurrently with the Gulf war of 1991 and the emergence of "humanitarian wars", anti-ballistic and cruise missiles were perfected and the use of precision-guided weapons became widespread. These were supposed to allow "surgical strikes" - which were never surgical enough, since civilians invariably died. During the invasions of Serbia (1999), Afghanistan (2001) and Iraq (2003) - although not the subsequent occupations - the invading forces were so far superior to the local military that the outcome was never in doubt.Tags: militarism, military industrial complex
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That we who lived by honest dreams
Defend the bad against the worse."
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