Prediction for 2014: War Will Continue to Find A Way

War has much been on my mind lately, with a scene from “Gone with the Wind” flashing through my brain. It’s when Ashley Wilkes, the paragon of honor and decency, reflects on war: “Most of the miseries of the world were caused by wars,” Wilkes says. “And when the wars were over, no one ever knew what they were about.”

Powerful words coming from a Southern cavalier who went off to do his duty in the “War Between the States.” Interestingly, the South often called it “the war of northern aggression,” whereas the North used “the war of southern rebellion.” War is a remarkably protean thing, and often completely unpredictable in its duration and effects. We often can’t even agree how to name it.

Here’s a repost from the end of 2013, nine distant years ago. Who could have predicted America’s Afghan War would finally be over, only to be replaced by a new Cold War and massive weapons shipments to Ukraine in a war with Russia that could also last for years, spreading miseries for reasons that are already disputed and which may yet prove unfathomable.

Bracing Views

“War is like love; it always finds a way.”  So wrote Bertolt Brecht, and when it comes to American politics and foreign policy in 2014, you can bet on Brecht being right.  There is no major anti-war party in the USA today.  Despite claims to fiscal austerity, Democrats and Republicans fall over themselves to fully fund the Pentagon and its ongoing wars across the globe.  Our misguided involvement in Afghanistan lurches into its thirteenth year with promises that it won’t end until 2024 at the earliest.  The only certainty for 2014 is more dead bodies, more casualties of war, more money wasted.

Barbara Tuchman, a historian who knew how to write for the educated public, was right in pointing out the persistence of folly in history.  A heavily militarized U.S. foreign policy is an illustration of that.  Our country continues to seek global dominance through militarized measures, perhaps…

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6 thoughts on “Prediction for 2014: War Will Continue to Find A Way

  1. For my readers, I’ve been working on a longer article, hence the reposts this week.

    The sale of Twitter is a new story; the persistence of war in Ukraine is tragic, though U.S. media coverage continues to showcase plucky Ukrainians armed with advanced weaponry made in the USA.

    I got a new t-shirt today that was “designed in California” but “made in China.” It saddens me to think of all the weapons the U.S. makes even as clothes and so many other items are made overseas in China and other places where low labor costs are assured. Some of my best clothes are items I bought 30 years ago when you could still find coats and shirts made right here in America for a reasonable price.

    Oh well. If I ever need a Javelin or Stinger missile, at least I know they’re made here.

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  2. “…in a war with Russia that could also last for years…”, and realistically ‘realpolitik’ speaking, sadly that’s sounding like the BEST plausible outcome. With Russia’s Lavrov making reference to possibilities of nuclear war obviously being somewhat bluffing/posturing and somewhat real (I’m not about to try and read his mind as-to the relative amounts of each), and both sides undoubtedly on relatively high nuclear alert, this is getting very unsettling, especially since I’m not seeing neither Russia nor the US (ie; NATO) backing down in the foreseeable future. In an atmosphere like this, we’re much-more likely to have an accidental nuclear war than before. Reading excerpts from books like “Command and Control” by Eric Schlosser and similar articles about ‘near misses’, and recalling ‘minor’ tragedies like the shooting-down of commercial flight KAL 007 back in 1983 when tensions between the USSR & the US were in a similar state, makes me apprehensive about the future of the human race… if not THIS time, then what about the NEXT time, or the time after-that, etc, etc..?

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  3. Two recommended articles by Jonathan Cook.

    The 1st is an article he wrote in November 27, 2020 starting like this, “The planet cannot begin to heal until we rip the mask off the West’s war machine
    Making political sense of the world can be tricky unless one understands the role of the state in capitalist societies. The state is not primarily there to represent voters or uphold democratic rights and values; it is a vehicle for facilitating and legitimating the concentration of wealth and power into fewer and fewer hands.”

    Just that makes him a natural ally and another building block all the individual building block regulars here say they want to see in this world, ‘Regime Change of The Establishment’ since Nimrod.
    https://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2020-11-27/us-war-machine/

    This is the 2nd article written 2 years to the Day after that one, and he opens up this way, “Elon Musk isn’t a threat to society’s health. All billionaires are
    The mega-rich buy up media outlets precisely because a lie is more likely to fly than the truth – including the lie that they are invaluable

    The most dangerous thing about Elon Musk buying Twitter outright for $44 billion is the rapidly spreading notion that his controlling an influential social media platform is dangerous. It is, but not for any of the reasons his critics assert.
    The current furor is dangerously misguided for two reasons. First, it assumes that one billionaire owning Twitter is significantly more harmful than a bunch of them owning it. And second, it worries that Musk is committed to an anarchic version of free speech that will undermine the health of our societies..

    Elon Musk’s “free speech absolutism” is lethal.
    Persuasion is the primary determinant of human action.
    Hate speech leads to acts of hate.
    Lies destroy democracy.
    Curbing hatred and lies preserves other, essential freedoms.
    Musk’s vision for Twitter is not a promise but a threat
    https://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2022-04-27/elon-musk-threat-billionaires/

    Jonathan once was a reporter for The Guardian in London and spent many years writing from Nazarath, the place where The Christ was raised up.
    He just moved back to Bristol, England, and maybe he absorbed some of the ideas and words of The Christ if not Establishment Christianity concerning the rich?

    There can be no doubt in the minds of anyone who read the Gospels, Jesus had an ongoing dispute with Establishment Religion, that eventually got him killed to silence him.
    He is Resurrected in me, and in all those who accept him wholeheartedly.
    The Book quotes him, ‘You hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying,
    This people draws close to me with their mouth, and honours me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
    But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

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  4. This comment in RT on this article was not deleted,
    ‘https://www.rt.com/russia/554619-putin-strategic-threat/’

    This RT article moved me to re-state what it’s saying in these other Words.
    Western allies are prepared to move “heaven and earth” to get Ukraine more weapons and munitions so it can continue to fight Russia’s “unjust invasion,” U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Tuesday.

    No diplomacy to stop the War, just more War and passing the ammunition. No Children of God Peace Makers allowed in the discussion of escalation.

    On the matter of “moving heaven and earth,” heaven has already warned us some 2000 years ago, of this point where this Material World has finally arrived AT TODAY with this US-Russian Tug of War over Ukraine Without Limits, the US Defence Secretary confirms by his words.

    And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. (FAKE Jewish, Christian & Muslim ESTABLISHMENT Religion)
    For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth (Pope, Presidents, Prime Ministers, CEOs, US Senators, and other IDOLS of the People) and of the whole world, (the rest of us) to gather them to the Battle of that Great Day of God Almighty.
    Behold, I come as a thief. (when you least expect it)
    Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
    And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

    With the passage of Time, Evolution, Custom and Tradition, the above verse is extrapolated to the CURRENT REALITY in THIS World TODAY,
    And he gathered them together into a place called Ukraine.

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