war vs peace
November 20, 2006 4:41am CST
which one will support ??????????? is war or peace
20 Nov 06
I think war sucks as much as the rest of you do, but I got to thinking, are our lives any better, in general, when we aren’t having a war. One of the strongest arguments against the war in Iraq have been that the money being wasted waging this war could be better spent on problems here in the U.S. Some of these problems are declining health care, housing and the homeless, education, roads, more libraries, city development, hunger…the list goes on. Not being in Iraq, it is hard to tell which is better for the people there. With war, they live in constant fear of having a bomb dropped on their house. Without war, I imagine they might have similar problems that we do. Now, if the money being wasted on this war was being taken away from needed areas of society like the above list, it would be pretty obvious that the solution was peace. However that is not the case. The money being wasted on this war had never been given to those needs, and was never going to those needs, and there is nothing that says that if the war ended today, the money would. In fact, I would argue that despite all our marches, rallies, demonstrations, non-violent direct actions, violent direct actions, shirts, bumper stickers, signs, mega-phones, meetings, letters, phone calls, faxes, sit-ins, teach-ins and whatever else we can think of (did I miss any?), they would not do a bit of good in stopping the war or getting the money that finances this war to the needy areas of our society. Why? The system does not work that way. It is capitalism, a social system in which war is inherent. Just as companies compete against each other for our money, nations compete with each other for our resource. War is not just the political and economic board games of our leaders, it has been at the center of the capitalist system from the very start. It is because of this that simply protesting the war is not enough. So, despite all the protests going on, I have yet to be convinced of why peace is better then war (aside from all the deaths that will occur). Now for some, that is reason enough to have peace, and if that were the only issue, I would not have written this. However, it is not the only issue, for many die the world over from other causes besides war, and where peace alone is not the solution. For these problems, we could march and rally everyday, in every city, and make barely a scratch in solving these issues, nationally or worldly. In order to solve our problems, the world’s problems, we are going to have to go to the heart of the matter, to the very roots. All the issues that we are concerned about, not just war, have the same base, the same foundation, and it is only then, when we attack the foundation of the problem will we come up with a solution to declining health care, housing and the homeless, education, roads, more libraries, city development, hunger…and war. So, why is peace better then war? Before you answer, realize this. War is when the killing starts, but it is during peacetime that weapons are developed, troops are trained, tanks and fighters are built, and armies financed. Source: http://www.worldsocialism.org/usa/blog/index.php?p=57 Peace is always better than war.