posted on Oct, 29 2017 @ 12:54 PM
While this cycle has certainly been the longest "war", its still pretty small in scale and contained. By historical context the last 16 years is a
drop in the bucket - but the powers that be always look for chances for expansion.
I think is the desired "business model" for war fighting that we currently have now. I say business model because thats essentially what it is. Pretty
much every war I can think of has been senseless, pointless destruction that happened for the sake of itself. War is hell was not meant to be a
metaphor in any sense, but literally.
At it's most extreme possible conditions (Say eastern front of world war 2) excluding possibility of nuclear war - its the most horrible, senseless,
utterly insane situation people can possibly be in. It actually could be considered worse than nuclear war on an individual level of misery and
suffering anyway. At least with super weapons it would be over very quickly and the people killed initially at least would have no idea what hit them
or even have any warning/chance to be afraid.
It's just politics, money and resources. That's it - and those who wage these wars, reap all of the benefits while taking 0% risk are the politicians,
bankers and world leaders while the actual soldiers on the ground take 100% of the risk, get nothing in return. Your best possible reward is surviving
unharmed and going home. That's your prize - with a side order of mental health problems for likely your entire life.
I applaud you on this thread though - its been a personal crusade of mine since leaving the military to kind of do the same sort of thing to people. I
have young children, my stomach turns when they even play with toy water guns. I used to be as brainwashed and march lock step as anyone else.
Couldn't wait to start my career in the military when I was 17.
Can't help but think how the situation would be different had the media, entertainment industries and politicians treated warfare as it is in reality
rather than create these bombastic, entertaining "moral" stories about war like even though it's awful its still something that has to happen.
No, it isn't. Very,very rarely is that the case. It's too bad when after the first world war, everyone returned having their illusions of glory and
achievement shattered to carry the unofficial slogan "never again" nobody seemed to care to listen for very long.
The really disgusting part of our current situation is its only the ground soldiers (and a small percentage of them) that suffer the consequences
while the homefront and even most involved in the military enjoy comfortable lives and you couldn't tell one way or another there was even anything
happening. That's why it's the ideal business model - they can literally keep this up forever, and exchanged the short term big windfall of $$$
producing equipment and weapons for millions of troops and double dipping with more $$$ in massive rebuilding efforts for a longer term, sustainable
model of smaller scale warfighting, that just goes on forever.
'The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous.'