“One of the most popular myths in any society is that wars are necessary and meaningful. It is assumed that wars are “for a good cause,” for “protection of the homeland,” and, heck, they even “create jobs.” What’s not to like?
It only takes a passing glance at history books to realize how silly this is. The military is just a tool in the hands of powerful politicians, and when those tools are put to use for personal or political gain, the result is “war.” And as far as “what’s to like,” nothing transports human consciousness closer to the gates of hell than the sound of machine gun fire, screams of death, and the scene of dismembered children strewn about the urban landscape. Everything is not to like.
But the reason for war becomes even more clear when viewed through an economic lens. Who benefits financially from wars? In other words, “follow the money,” and where does the money go? Wars are extremely expensive, after all. Multi-million-dollar jets, bombs, advanced infantry technology, satellite systems, armies and armies, millions of weapons. The war-making machine is sometimes (as in the U.S.) the largest slice of the federal budget—swallowing massive amounts of wealth produced by the taxpayer.”