Is War Inevitable?
I want to share with you the most discouraging words I have read lately. A matter-of-fact statement that demands consideration. Just an anonymous observation that I had to conclude was depressingly likely.
It was at the end of a Financial Times account of the international court’s $50 billion ruling against Russia in the Yukos oil company case and how claimants would collect.
The FT wrote:
“One person close to Mr. Putin said the Yukos ruling was insignificant in light of the bigger geopolitical stand-off over Ukraine. ‘There is a war coming in Europe,’ he said. ‘Do you really think this matters?’ “
Spoken as an inevitability. “There is a war coming in Europe.”
…. War serves many purposes. It distracts from the malfeasance of the political classes as it busies giddy minds with foreign quarrels. It creates a symbiosis in which the media serves the state in its relentless grab for bigger budgets and greater police powers; while the state feeds the media’s need for high drama and the narcotic of fear. It provides for the deification of the state, which is then entitled to command all resources — human and material — without challenge or objection. If the state is divine, enemies and dissenters alike must be evil and dealt with accordingly.
Despite the myths propagated by Keynesian economists, war does not create prosperity. It does quite the opposite.
Indeed, war provides coverage for the ruination of the economy and it generally relies on the destruction of the currency. And so we find that in World War I consumer prices rose 110 percent; in World War II, they rose 74 percent; 207 percent during the Vietnam War; 35 percent so far during the “War on Terror.”