What is war?

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What is war?

According to Webster it is an armed conflict between States or factions within States (Civil War). What Webster does not state is the reason for war. That is left to the conjecture, why armed conflict? The only rationale is to relieve the stress on your society when it reaches a state where it is no longer self-sufficient and where the only recourse is to invade your neighbor, slaughter or enslave its citizens and obtain the land necessary to return to self-sufficiency. It presumes there is no surplus of nature’s assets with which to trade and obviate war.
The current civil wars in Africa and the Middle East are the consequence of opposing factions fighting over the limited resources with the one having the greatest numbers and military strength to fend off the minority who are getting the short end but have not the wherewithal to overturn the balance. Numbers are not sufficient unless they can be assembled and armed and then led by someone who has convinced them they have a chance to tip the balance. It is why current regimes target the leaders of the opposition for assassination, exile or jail. The purpose is to keep the dissidents from organizing and gaining strength.
Adolph Hitler’s original objective was to reassemble the Weimar Republic that was fractured by the Allies after World War I. He should have stopped when he recovered the Sudetenland and Austria but appeasement by Neville Chamberlain whetted his appetite as to how easy it was to acquire land by force and in consequence invaded the low countries (The Netherlands, Belgium) and then Denmark and parts of France and Poland with his blitzkrieg technique. His pact with Russia and the appeasement of England and their inability to retaliate, made it all possible. His greed, stretched his supply line and his attack on Russia was the beginning of his end.
Long forgotten is the role the United States played in the rise of Hitler in the first place. Germany was in a state of ruin economically, the result of reparations paid by Germany to the World War I allies, not including the United States who opted out. It was the Hitler regime who stopped making reparations payment and proceeded to return Germany to economic health with money from, guess who, United States banks who bought the German government bonds that returned Germany to its former health and made possible the production of the arms necessary for Germany to regain its former lands and acquire that of others.
Is ISIS or North Korea a threat to invade the United States? Is China or the Soviet Union a threat to invade the United States? If your answer to this is yes, I would appreciate your telling me now they would do this? As far as I know, only the United States has the capability to land a sizeable enough force to secure a beachhead to enable additional forces to land. In this regard, our landing on D-day on the coast of France was iffy for the first few days and only because German forces had been led to believe other landing sites were more likely and forced them to split their defenses. By the same token, the beachhead was reached from England in a few hours whereas our coasts are thousands of miles away from the Middle East, Russia and China.
They say that a strong offense is the best defense. This is only true if you are prepared by preemptive strike to use your offense. In other words, you cannot win a defensive war unless your offense overcomes the enemy before he has a chance to strike. As in football, the defense can score and win only if its offense scores more points than the opponent. We have an offensive force second to none. Our defense is as porous as a sieve because Mexico and Latin America have been invading us and landing their citizens on our soil without having to fire a single shot. We are fighting ISIS in the Middle East but not for the purpose of winning. If our purpose was to win, we would use our overwhelming force to annihilate the enemy and be out of there as we did in the Gulf War. Our purpose, or should I say the military industrial complex’s purpose is to maintain a constant state of war or near war readiness to maintain the momentum and cash flow of their production facilities.
That they are a government protected monopoly that isn’t even cost effective is evidenced by the fact that government military goods suppliers are mandated to buy American when we all know that most of what they produce can be purchased more cheaply from sources outside the country.
Our government has been leading us down the path to extinction at an ever-increasing pace. This is a purposeful exercise that is evidenced by the unequal distribution of nature’s bounty. Some of you ridicule me because I have exposed this subterfuge for all to see and backed it up with data that cannot be refuted. Those who have ignored these truths are continuing to see evidence of it in Africa, the Middle East, in Asia and in the Americas. Those of you who have ignored it have put your grandchildren at risk of being the last humans to inhabit the earth.

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War!

War!

Huh!

Good God.

What is it good for?

Absolutely NUTTHIN'

.... Say it again!

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In pmcon's view, is there

In pmcon's view, is there ANYONE other than pmcon who has not "been leading us down the path of yada, yada, yada?"

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I'll take that as a yes, I'm

I'll take that as a yes, I'm right.

Melvin Udall
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Q. E. D.

Q. E. D.

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Now it is time to tell you

Now it is time to tell you why the North Koreans are doing what they are doing. For the same reason our military industrial complex makes enemies out of ISIS and the Russians, to hype up the proletariat so they can demonstrate their power. In the case of North Korea, they haven't very much of an arms industry and they don't dare use any of it because they would soon be bankrupt and worse actually incur retaliation. They would very much like to invade South Korea to get the land necessary to feed their growing population but they cannot take this step because we have promised to come to the aid of South Korea in the event they are attacked.

They are still unsure of this commitment and got a dose of possibility when we failed to back the Crimea after the Russian takeover. They realize they are not Russia, would not survive any real retaliation so they just keep ratcheting up their pin pricking. We like the idiots we are, fall for this an continue to respond with threats but no action. The leadership is probably now in a quandary because they do not know how to take Trump's threat. They saw Obama back off as regards Syria, but Trump is not Obama and it leaves them wondering.

If you are wondering about this theory I would ask you, why have all the missiles they have fired never struck land and either were lost on the launch pad or dropped into the sea? Hmmm

If Trump were smart he would shut up and put the ball in North Koreas court and call their bluff. I am sure the lackeys of the military industrial complex would not support such a position.

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Oh, I don't know... the

Oh, I don't know... the pressure from Trump did have one interesting effect. China has decided not to play on the NK team.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/china-warns-north-korea-youre-on-yo...

China has a lot to lose economically, and maybe NK just isn't worth it. Besides, it's not like NK can actually ask anyone else for help.

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The song about War, quoted

The song about War, quoted above, is nonsense.

War is what sorted Hitler.
Without War, your life would be run by REAL NAZIS... not just people who hurt your feelings by disagreeing with your perfectly correct opinions.

Not every war is good... but not every war is bad, either. The alternative - surrendering to an aggressor - can be much worse. Ask the French and Poles how much fun it was living under the Nazis... and they didn't get a choice.

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War is a contest of wills.The

War is a contest of wills.The determined force will win.

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China's problem with North

China's problem with North Korea is the same problem we have with Mexico, immigration. Our going to war with North Korea in the manner we do with ISIS is not to achieve the objectives of war but to stop the fighting and achieve a stalemate. But, there is no war in North Korea but the stalemate that has existed since World War II when Korea was unnaturally split.

That split divided a homogenous people into two camps, one rich in reproducible natural assets and one rich in non-reproducible assets. Our presence and insistence of an economic system where government controls the distribution of those assets made South Korea flourish on its ability to generate an agricultural surplus that enabled it to obtain the non-reproducible raw material to become a powerhouse in the industrial economy of the world, using of course its cheap labor. China has been taking its place owing to the fact its labor is even cheaper.

This evolution and its ultimate conclusion are not a story that can be told and understood in 500 words or less because the contrary view, capitalism has been so ingrained in our psyche that it is believed to be inviolate. This misconception has been hard to overcome but now that we are nearing the end of its evolution and have already passed its zenith the signs of its demise are evident and the timing is even predictable as I have demonstrated in my book The Real Economy. The usual naysayers have buried their heads in the sand in defense because they have no argument to refute my thesis. It is not me or they that will bear the brunt of this avoidable disaster but their grandchildren. Fortunately I have none.

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Roger: I hate to disappoint

Roger: I hate to disappoint you but war is a struggle for survival and the strongest win, will has nothing to do with it because the those struggling for survival have equal motivation.

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You would think one with such

You would think one with such insights would be in high demand in those places already experiencing the fate he declared they would.

Rather than hawking books on AMG.

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The song about War, quoted

The song about War, quoted above, is nonsense.

But it's got a groove you could hang your hat onto.

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Mel: For them it is already

Mel: For them it is already too late. For the rest, ignoring it won't make it go away.

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There might be a point there

There might be a point there,ignoring pm...... has not worked ,he is still here!

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You are at least right abut

You are at least right about one thing.

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