American Public Turns Anti-War … Warmongers Desperately Reply, “But War Is GOOD for Us!”

WAR IS GOOD FOR YOUArtwork by William Banzai

War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, and Ignorance Is Strength

The American people are now overwhelmingly opposed to more war in Ukraine, Syria, Iran and elsewhere.

Those who get rich from war (the military-industrial complexers and big banks) and their lackeys are desperate to reverse this trend.

As such, they are resorting to more and more outlandish justifications for war.

For example, Ian Morris has written an entire book arguing that war is the best thing ever, the only thing which has lifted us out of poverty and barbarianism. And – yes – he even says that war brings peace.

David Swanson provides a must-read dismantling of Morris’ book.

Morris writes this week in the Washington Post:

War has not only made us safer, but richer, too.

In reality, security experts – conservative hawks and liberal doves alike – agree that waging war in the Middle East weakens national security and increases terrorism. See this, this, this, this, this, this and this. So it doesn’t make us safer.

And there is now overwhelming evidence that war is horrible for the economy, and makes us poorer.

Morris continues:

Thinkers have long grappled with the relationships among peace, war and strength. Thomas Hobbes wrote his case for strong government, “Leviathan,” as the English Civil War raged around him in the 1640s.

In reality, Hobbes was an authoritarian who argued – just like (1) the leading Nazi legal scholar and philosopher who created the justification for “total war” to destroy those labeled an “enemy” of the Nazi state (Carl Schmitt), (2) Machiavelli, and (3) the father of the Neoconservatives (Leo Strauss) – that the public should be intentionally whipped into a frenzy of fear so that they would be willing to give up their rights and cede their freedoms to the sovereign.

Indeed, Morris accidentally reveals that he is cut from the exact same cloth when he states:

People almost never give up their freedoms — including, at times, the right to kill and impoverish one another — unless forced to do so.

In other words, freedom bad … authoritarian leader good.

Morris writes:

Since 1914, we have endured world wars, genocides and government-sponsored famines, not to mention civil strife, riots and murders. Altogether, we have killed a staggering 100 million to 200 million of our own kind. But over the century, about 10 billion lives were lived — which means that just 1 to 2 percent of the world’s population died violently. Those lucky enough to be born in the 20th century were on average 10 times less likely to come to a grisly end than those born in the Stone Age.

In other words,  War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, and Ignorance Is Strength.   I’ve seen this movie before.

Artwork by Anthony Freda


Morris cheerfully notes:

And since 2000, the United Nations tells us, the risk of violent death has fallen even further, to 0.7 percent.

Unless, of course, you live in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria or one of the other countries targeted for regime change … in which case your risk of violent death is very high.

Morris argues:

Washington [must] embrace [] its role as the only possible globocop in an increasingly unstable world — a world with far deadlier weapons than Britain could have imagined a century ago.

In other words, Morris is an unrepentant apologist for American empire.

Amusingly, the vast majority of comments to Morris’ Washington Post essay attack him for being a desperate shill and a fool.

But  endless war is a feature – not a bug – of U.S. policy, and the American media (including the big “alternative” sites) are always pro-war.

So expect to hear crazier and crazier “justifications” for war.

Artwork by Anthony Freda
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  • The Heart

    Thank you for you good works, GW.

    Glad to be able to read your good stories still.

    Sad that ZH has now turned against the 1st Amendment and free speech is not allowed there any moar.

    Darn death of the greatest forum in the world, but who cares. Right?

    We will no longer post truth there, and will certainly boycott the apartheid Zerohedge site forever now after being kicked off twice. No need for our light there. Selah. The zio-rat tattle tales won. You can not say the word isreal, or point to that apartheid states evil at all without being kicked off. Is tyler a turncoat traitor zionist too?

    Again, much appreciation for all your great works. Some of the best reporting on the world net.

    Farewell ZH…the anti-free speech web site.

  • Charlie Primero

    That settles it. When elite academics like Ian Morris can sit in multi-million dollar homes in the beautiful forests south of San Francisco and write such scat, *and actually believe it*, it’s time for a system reset.

    Their life of special schools, clean streets, yard care, and boutique grocery stores has completely destroyed any understanding they might have of the real world. The only cure will be an RPG through their kitchen window early one morning.

    • jefflorida

      you are so right. thanks for noting where this wretched fool lives.

    • You declare a warmonger to be wrong, and then suggest the only way to educate him would be war.

      That makes no sense.

      • richardwicks

        You declare a warmonger to be wrong, and then suggest the only way to educate him would be war.

        That makes no sense.

        On the contrary, it makes complete sense.

        Give the warmonger scum some guns, and drop them of in a war zone. When one of them has his brains blown out, the survivors will reconsider their stance.

      • richardwicks

        You declare a warmonger to be wrong, and then suggest the only way to educate him would be war.

        That makes no sense.

        On the contrary, it makes complete sense.

        Give the warmonger scum some guns, and drop them of in a war zone. When one of them has his brains blown out, the survivors will reconsider their stance.

  • The War on Antiwar Republicans

    And who attacking them? The state of Israel lobbyists.

    • I am against war, nobody from Israel bothers me. In fact, they want me to keep pushing AGAINST war.

      • fatty

        How can a decent jew stand a chance when there are so many crooked Jews?

        • jefflorida

          glenn greenwald offers a relatively heroic example. naomi klein another.

          • fatty

            When decent start killing these nasty warmongering pervert Jews, because it makes the world dangerous for everyone. Jews are killed in wars and since the rich elite Jews finance the wars all the Jews get the blame. Now you could say the same thing about whites. If someone were to blow the brains out of the bastards in our government it would stop these senseless wars. Each group of people need to blow the brains out of their people that start wars, because with wars come millions of killed civilians. Destroyed cities they built. Then the rich bastards make millions off the labor of the people to rebuild the cities. Think about this…you might have to kill a dozen bastards to save millions of people. It makes sense and it is something who’s time has come. A world without wars and the elite can’t do their dirty work. Then they can’t manipulate the markets. It would be a world they would make less money.

        • Dave Eboch

          The American Jews who are not war mongering Neocons will be fine. Americans won’t hate you for what the Neocons and Israel have done. I can guarantee you that. People are angry at what Israel did on 911 and the war mongering of the Neocon regime and the Likud Party.

      • fatty

        Decent Jews who aren’t deceptive need to start blowing the brains out of the no good bastard lying Jews.

      • fatty

        If you Jews don’t want war, then assassinate Netanyahoo. Get rid of him. Can’t you think of a way to kill him? Because people like him will detonate a bomb in Jewish market and blame Arabs. They kill you people to keep the shit going. Jews killed that one Prime Minister, but he was for trying to make peace. Kill a warmongering Jew Prime Minster like Netanyahoo.

        • Dave Eboch

          Nutanyahoo is the worst and so is CNN and Fox they are all war mongering trash. I lost my son in Iraq and it is time to tell these bastards we are done and they all need to go to prison for their war crimes. Hang them by the neck like they did to the Nazis. Only this time the Zionazis get the penalty of death!!!!

          • Joe Bassett

            If the USA and Mexico were at war and the USA was kicking Mexico’s ass and then offered them to stop the war and Mexico would have to do what we wanted, but Germany heard about this and they contacted Mexico and told them they would enter the war and when they won. Florida would be given to Germany and Mexico would take Texas. Do you think America would recognize that today? They would be crying to take Florida back and tell Mexico they would take Texas. Germany had all their land taken from countries they weren’t even at war with. All their neighbors got some land. What if we gave Canada 200 miles of our border.

      • Joe Bassett

        If some of you Jews don’t want war. Then you got to kill the bastards that are making wars. The only Jews that win are the rich Jews. The rich Jews don’t give a shit about poor Jews.

        • Twisk

          I’ll quote your rant, but substituting American for Jew. You’ll see it describes the situation to a T.
          “If some of you Americans don’t want war. Then you got to kill the bastards
          that are making wars. The only Americans that win are the rich Americans. The rich Americans don’t give a shit about poor Americans.”

          The Jews have done nothing to you. Your own WASP bunch did.

      • Twisk

        Mad Jewess, maybe you can answer me. What’s with all those fiercely anti-zionist paranoid Americans who blame everything their country does on the Jews? What ails them? Are they mad?

        I heard the levels of people on meds beat all the records in the USA… no wonder.

  • wunsacon

    >> War has not only made us safer, but richer, too.

    This ignores the opportunity costs of investing all that $$ into peaceful applications of our science and technology. After WWII destroyed Europe’s factories, even while the USA factories’ owners and workers enjoy greater relative abundance the rest of the world “enjoyed” far less abundance. And that setback is permanent relative to the “baseline sans war”.

  • Stephen Gray

    Leaders should lead by example. Therefore we should send all the politicians to the front lines of war. Also send the corporate cannibals and the banksters. Let those who profit from death and destruction feel the heat. See links below.

  • Corporatocracy: How the Corporate Welfare State Divides and Conquers

    A small, readily-identifiable ruling oligarchy that no serious political observer denies the existence of is able to keep the public from attacking it by dividing them along ideological grounds so that the public spends all their time arguing over definitions and splitting doctrinal hairs instead of attacking the commonly acknowledged enemy. You couldn’t ask for a more perfect system of control.

    U.S. Gives Russia Free Military Equipment Used By Army, Marines March 26, 2014

    • Joe Bassett

      Time to execute politicians when they steal this much money. You are being raped people. Raped by these bastards. 8.5 trillion dollars went into their pockets. Come on execution time.

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        • BG

          Good morning 76!
          It’s pretty amazing what you can do with a pile of sand if you have enough of other people’s money!
          Have a blessed day patriot!

          • It is totally! I was grateful to find such jewel. Who knew? You never know unless you ask as I use to train managers and associates to ask and seek! You be blessed patriot and friend!

  • Kieran

    I’m pretty sure that Machiavelli’s purpose was to expose the moral bankruptcy of political leaders. He wasn’t really advocating such behaviour, just pretending to. In contrast, Carl Schmitt claimed to morally oppose the brutal politics he claimed was inevitable.

  • jerry

    psychopath’s agenda is going to kill us all

  • Aikyu999

    When sanctioned by the US government, young men are conditioned to kill as many people as possible and are rewarded with medals depicting “bravery, honor, or valor.” If the same unconscionable act is done within our own national boundaries, they are arrested for murder. Respectfully, those who put their lives in harms way to save others should be commended, but does Congress actually reward the killing or saving of lives? If the government’s actual priority is to save lives, then why is funding for the Coast Guard rescue service always the lowest priority compared with the military services? If the government actually puts its money where its priorities are, what values are they promulgating? Do US politicians establish national policies upon high moral values, or do they first establish high dollar values before rationalizing the morals?

  • Patrick Borush

    Continuum watch it… its what is basically coming our way in one form or another…

  • Jerry

    You clearly didn’t read the book. His book is real scholarship, looking at the way wars have shaped society throughout history. To drastically oversimplify, wars require a huge amount of cooperation to conduct. The only way to get the resources and capability for war is to build large and efficient organizations (ie modern states).

    Nowhere does he argue that war is morally right or just. I’m sure he agrees that war is awful and full of atrocities. But that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been an engine of progress. He’s making an argument based on facts, not on ethics.