“War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
~War by Edwin Starr
What an extraordinary claim. “We live in a world that cannot exist without war”. Its a common notion that peace is the ultimate goal of humanity. Our popular culture is studded with music, jewelry, apparel, movies, books, and political movements promoting the idea of peace. And on the surface peace is a great idea. What could be wrong with an end of mass death from bombings and a mutual respect for all nations and its people? Well there really isn’t anything wrong with it if you like your house, car, and job.
So what possible connection does your house, car, and job have to do with something as terrible as war? As I can see it, all those things have something to do with war. Let me present one facet of my thought on this. OIL! Yes oil! A wonderful resource like cheap oil we need war. War for oil started after WWII when the allies divided up the middle east in such a way the allies thought they had secured the oil in those regions. But war had to come save the day again and again to assure the west did not loose control over the oil reserves. Example: Iraq/Iran war. That was all about keeping Iran in check, thus the middle east stable for oil production.
Why not stop using oil then? Think of all the things you own and depend on that are either made of or depend on oil. Here are just a few examples. Oil is needed in the manufacturing of clothes, appliances, fuel, fertilizer for agriculture, cheap hydrogen, skin care, medication, plastics, food preservatives, synthetic fibers, ect, ect, ect. Then all these things that have been manufactured needs to be transported. And what does the world depend on for transportation? Oil!
But oil isn’t the only thing we have to be thankful for because of war. War gave the United States it’s freedom form Brittan. You live on land the US claimed from the Native Americans through war. And just think of all the great cultural and technical exchanges by the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans that took place after they conquered other nations and empires. The examples can just go on and on.
I don’t consider myself a war monger. War has a terrible cost because of the amount of human death and misery it creates. Yet the world as we know it depends on war. So what is war good for? Look around you.