ARE INTERNATIONAL WARS A RACKET?

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By: Naveed Tajammal

Eric Arthur Blair, better known in literature as ,George Orwell had done some predictions when he drafted his book,’’1984’’ in 1947-48.It was published in 1949,George saw after the 2nd world war a world divided in three major super-states, Oceania (Britain, South Africa, America & Polynesia(Pacific Ocean Islands),Eurasia (Continental Europe, and North Asia) . Lastly, East Asia (China, Japan, Korea &North India). Continuous wars, between these super states over a disputed area, which formed a ‘parrellogram’ from Tangier ( Morocco) to Brazzaville (Congo), in a straight line to tip of northern Australia ‘’Darwin’ and then to Hong Kong.
Eurasia did rise as did the Warsaw pact countries of Europe but they all took a nose dive after 1989.The fall of the Soviet Empire, East Asia, has yet to rise, only Oceania is in the world Arena. The Union Jack has collapsed its strategic sites as well of other empires since 1898 ( Treaty of Paris) have been annexed by the sole super state The USA( The stars and stripes ) or Oceania of George Orwell, South Africa to collapsed with rise of Nelson Mandela.

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What George Orwell had feared most was the creation of Totalitarian states, which keeps its people under constant mass surveillance, each transaction, communication, compiled, stored away, ready to be re- examined and used by the authority, whenever they wanted. And as go the figures and reports, only in the USA, an average citizen is caught on film nearly 200 times daily, in the Britain the mother of Democracy ,each citizen is filmed 300 times daily. The American National Data Base agency has the world’s largest data base.So, the Big brother is there, as envisaged by Orwell.
But here we have to pause and see the rise of ‘Oceania’ as the sole power, at the moment in time. And what somebody, who was instrumental in making it in the start has to say on this. The man, Major General Smedley.D.Butler,(1881-1940). Until 1898 the USA did not have any territory outside the mainland of North America, and her national debt stood at one billion dollars, and by the end of the First World War in which USA jumped in for no rhyme or reason, it was 25 billion dollars. So the desire to acquire outside territory or ‘’Fiddling in International Affairs”, was the cause in the rise of the debt, as for very few this ‘’RACKET’ OF waging wars is profitable business venture. It brings fancy profits, but the cost of war operations is always transferred to the people-who do not share the profits.
With these words General Butler, quotes from Senate Document # 259 of the 65th Congress Report, on the Corporate Earnings, analysing the profits of 122 meat packers,153 cotton manufactures,299 garment makers,49 steel plants & 340 coal producers during the years of the first world war. Which are mind boggling but the space does not permit the details.
This is piece was written way back in 1933, but is still just as relevant. It is an excerpt from a speech by Major General Smedley Butler. Smedley Butler is one of only 19 people in the entire history of the US military to have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor twice. He writes:
“A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.
I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we’ll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.
I wouldn’t go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.
There isn’t a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It has its “finger men” to point out enemies, its “muscle men” to destroy enemies, its “brain men” to plan war preparations, and a “Big Boss” Super-Nationalistic-Capitalism.
It may seem odd for me, a military man to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.
I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.
I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909—1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.
During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents. “
Now kindly analyse the aftermath of 2nd world war and the American ventures to date.
(The writer has over 26 years of experience of research in historical investigation).

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Comments

  • juli67  On June 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Well written and timely. I wonder if you have looked into what several other Americans have said in regard to this subject. George Washington,Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant all expressed feelings that were,if not similar,pertinent to this discussion. And,of course,we all can watch as dire warnings are given us by Eisenhower in his farewell speech.
    I’m not sure anyone has,or will, put it in such stark terms as Smedley Butler!

  • Jose  On June 30, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    YAA
    As I was saying in one of your earlier posts, ” follow the money trail to find the root of evil. “

  • Munir Ahmad  On July 1, 2011 at 5:04 am

    An excellent article

  • Habib  On July 1, 2011 at 7:40 am

    An excellent articleVery true.
    America has in fact never been without some kind of war or the other.
    That in itself should tell us it is a huge business. Racket, of
    course.
    HB

  • Nazia  On July 1, 2011 at 7:41 am

    I am compelled to say that those who have been saying “This is our War” need to reflect thoughtfully and in the context of US wars. Pakistan does not wars and conflicits. In fact, it needs to pursue peace if it wants to survive let alone move ahead. Unfortunately, rulers like Musharraf, Zia, and Zardari have toed American policies because in their own self-interest.

    NJ
    Sent from my magic Iphone Powered by Vodafone

  • khan saheb  On July 1, 2011 at 7:42 am

    In his last book, “Seize the Moment: America’s Challenge in a One Superpower World” just before his death and well after the Cold War, President Richard Nixon said that US was not exercising its might enough. As the only superpower, it could and should, move into any country for US interests, without any hesitation. It should optimize the power it effectively wields in the global geopolitical dynamics. US does not have to play nice-guy any more.

    In PK, whether we like it or not, everything is pointing to a direct intervention. We can close our eyes and pretend its not happening but the fact is that all major strategic decisions for Pakistan are not being made in Islamabad, but in Washington DC….not in the White House, but at Pentagon.
    I am really intrigued when sensible, level-headed people speak about nice things like patriotism, sovereignty etc, when effectively, the leadership has put out the country for auction.

    International wars are not a racket but stock-in-trade, which you need to stay in business. Imagine what the world would look like, if Pakistan was the only superpower in the world and Altaf Bhai was sitting in Isloo, not London. The Day of Judgment would have to be rescheduled for an earlier date.

    Siraj

  • saleemfida  On July 1, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    salam naveed tajamul ,it is always fresh hope to see your article, ALLAH protect you ,
    heartiest regards
    saleemfida

  • Stefani Askiew  On July 27, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Hey website owner, thank for sharing this great article! It helped me a lot!

  • Syed Faisal imam  On November 26, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Rackets,?!
    Musharraf’s afghan war. Thrust upon us so that he could make his billion.why protect Osama?
    Pakistan foot dragging on Kashmir,keeps over a million soldiers engaged on both sides of the border,poor Pakistanis and poor Indians pay for it.
    Orwell was good for 1984. He did not take computers into consideration although similar eaves dropping was conceived. The role of space is also lacking.
    Humanity has transcended the nation state and zones of power .the only survivor is the U.S. because of these technologies. Even the nationalism of the U.S. is frowned upon by the world population.

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