The comfort of our illusions

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the comfort of our illusions

I OFTEN look back and consider the insanity of endless wars. Then I realise that by being in denial we simply prefer the comfort of our illusions to the truth.

There are many people who actually like war. Winston Churchill’s hand must have trembled when in 1916 he penned his letter to Lord Asquith’s daughter.

“I love this war. I know it’s smashing and shattering the lives of thousands every moment and yet, I can’t help it, I enjoy every second of it.”

The many anti-war movements have only their consciences in their arsenals. In the last 10 years alone US arms manufacturers placed $6 trillion in their loot, shoot and scoot coffers. It is hardly an even playing field is it.

As long as media can convince us of a threat then the arms industries and their shareholder’s, many of whom are politicians, are assured of vast profits from arms paid for from the taxpayers’ purse. A pity they don’t pay for their own wars; it would make a difference.

“A people who keep electing corrupt politicians are not victims, they are accomplices,” said journalist George Orwell.

Mainstream news editor Finian Cunningham comes straight to the point: “War is a profitable business: It seems that the US has placed it at the heart of its economy. This is why US politicians and military officials have claimed that Russia poses a threat to their nation and its allies. Washington’s only enemy is peace.”

Stephen Donovan was laconic; “The US has as much interest in peace as does a condom maker in abstinence.”

The truth sank in for U.S. General Smedley Butler: “War is a racket. It is conducted for the benefit of a very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.”

These pundits and others are right: companies under the direction of US Vice-President, Dick Cheney, made $39 billion from the Iraq war alone.

Vampires of war have always infested parliaments and still do so.  Senators who voted to attack Syria received 83 per cent more campaign money from military contractors than lawmakers voting no.”

The situation is the same in Britain where the British parliament in effect voted for perpetual war. Again George Orwell: “War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed class think they are going to profit from it.”

The remarkable writer’s only failing was a passage in his novel, 1984: “If there is hope, Winston, it lies in the proles,” the proletariat being us.

Sorry George, we the people are as helpless as we ever were. This is why we prefer the comforts of our illusions.

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  1. I would like to get in contact with Mike Walsh. I’ve written a script about General Butler called The Last Honorable Man and wondering if he has any contacts that might be interested in pursuing it.

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