An interesting discussion about militarism and what it has become in this century. Seduced by war
It’s such a complicated issue. There’s a lot more than just Imperial aspirations going on right now. A lot of money is involved, and I don’t just mean by taking money from Iraqs oil industry. “Defense”, which these days is a funny term since it’s most visibly offensive, is a half-trillion dollar per year industry in the US. It’s very hard to argue that the drive to continue and increase this funding doesn’t at least slightly affect the governments propensity to use it.
Then there’s obviously the politics of it. This massive “war on terror” has more to do with giving the average American an illusion of safety because something’s being done (ie: someone is being bombed to repay 9/11). The stats show that terrorist activity has increased since the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, which isn’t news, but no one seems to care. “The military is involved, so something is being done.” This is an interesting point in the article above about how much of a change this is from the Vietnam era when people lost all trust in the military. Someone has worked very hard to rebuild that trust, and I’m sure it cost a ton of money.