Poverty and defense (and causes)

Also read: https://ludwigvanel.wordpress.com/2018/03/04/war-and-genital-mutilation-in-mali/

Africa has long been a poster child for the economic failure of socialism. No doubt that’s one reason that the continent was fairly easily colonized, was its poverty (which preceeded European colonization, btw.) So they were unable to foster enough resources to fend off European colonists, with their superior weapons, tools, transportation and organization.
From that I draw the conclusion that economic development (with its influence on social development) has a driving influence on military events, as well as well on the being of the people.
Even apart from the inspiration Africa took from the Soviet union, it is the habit of Africans to expect people that happenhave money to spare, to give it to their relatives.
Meaning that nobody can save up enough money to invest in starting up a business. Meaning that it is just about impossible to grow the economy.

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A preventative surge

In order to stop the vanity wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, I propose a surge of 3: #Bush, #Barack and #Trump. Then for each one of them, I propose sending home one whole regiment of other soldiers.
This has the upside of: only having those who are responsible feel the consequences; and: causing the successor to Trump from not wanting to continue the terrorising of the population, that only happened to live in the geographical location where Osama bin-Laden took refuge, in a cave. Or people that lived in a country bext to #Iran, which led to the USA supporting the Iraqi dictator #Saddam #Hussayn. And so keeping Hussayn in power and able to terrorise the population.

How to defend the population

Mr/Ms/Mrs secretary of Defense, if you are sincere about defending the people in the country, stop sending them out to nonsense wars, because a veteran shoots him-/herself dead at an average of once per minute. These veterans (citizens) were not defended from violent death! So the title Department of Defense is a grand misnomer.

In fact I believe that the majority of gun deaths in the US, is a suicide, whether veteran or not. I do not know what drives the other suicices, but let’s assume that economic woes play a not inconsiderable role. If anything destroys economies, it’s killfare, so the offensive wars of choice probably contribute to those other suicides as well and are the exact opposite of defense.

Response

All offensive wars cause grudges (the only “happy” exception perhaps being Vietnam), and those grudges may result in a violent response, a returned military attack.
Or terrorizing the world may result in counter terrorist responses (9/11).

The only way to defend you, the nation (the political construct) is making the people feel you deserve it, and then hoping that they will come to your defense, when a hostile-army is at the gates, so they think that, under a new regime, they will be worse off.

Common sense gun laws

Certain politically active folks have decided, in very poor taste, to exploit the killings of 17 children in the #FloridaShooting to try to have their political way, to have the government pass “common sense gun laws”. There is only one kind of common sense gun law, and that is the one that removes guns from the hands of people proven to use them to kill., meaning military personnel (as well as drug dealers) ’cause let’s face it: the US is the most experienced/prolific attack force on the planet. No country is safe from US meddling, it’s far from conspiratorial for Russians to fear attack by the west/USA, when in violation of agreements with Russia, the USA is moving NATO ever closer to the Russian border.
In fact, this may be a bit far fetched, but worth considering nonetheless: the reason GWB started the war in Afghanistan to justify putting a NATO base that close to Russia. Consider this:
To reach that North Atlantic Treaty Organization-base, members of the treaty have to swim south, out of the Noryh Atlantic, past Morocco/Mauritania/etc, into the South Atlantic; go round the cape of good hope, then on the east of Africa, you go back up north again, through the Indian Ocean, into the Arabian sea, then walk ashore in Pakistan, and walk a bitmore until you’ve reached (the NATO-base in) Afghanistan.
Afghanistan did not pose any kind of threat to the USA, the president didn’t even so much as cough in the direction of the US emmissary at some international meeting. The excuse of “having to kill Osama bin Laden” was no more than that, an excuse. They did manage to kill Osama (remember that as governor of Texas, GWB signed off on a record number of death penalty-executions, so the yearning to primitively exact murderous revenge was perfectly in character for him.)

According to Brown university, the human toll for the pointless war in Afghanistan since 2001 is (in 2016): https://news.brown.edu/articles/2016/08/costs-war 173000 killed and 183000 seriously injured (I presume those were only Americans, not Afghans or other NATO-members). Wow, such an effective way of defending the people, Mister secretary of Defense, sir (or miss, I dunno and don’t care). Starting a war to send them to their death or to permanent retirement due to horrible mutilation.

The world would be so much of a nicer place if all armies got disarmed.
Te people will have to do so by themselves, because there’s no chance that politicians will agree to do that themselves, voluntarily.
If only the people would stop signing up! That would help the economy so much. And many sign up due to the bad economy, thereby keeping the economy down, and keeping the flow of new assassins steady. Better to start a business of their own. Of course, bloody occupational licensing makes this needlessly difficult.

Drug dealers

Nixon’s “war against drugs” caused the deadliest war in the history of the American people, the “war over drugs”. Just like the prohibition made Al Capone filthy rich and caused so many gang killings in the strets of Chicago – killings that went away after prohibition was lifted the war over drugs kills many people, also puts many in jail (for victimless & non-violent crimes), breaking up families, causing so many children to have to get raised by single parents. And thus making them ripe to become the next generation of gang members. The most infuriating bit is: that politicians know about this, and deliberately continue on, thwarting any attempt to put a stop to the cycle of injustice, for the sake of continuing the violence.
Fortunately, there are people on the Christian right that recognize that breaking up the nuclear family causes more damage than it supposedly fixes.
So: remove guns (and the authority to use force, to arrest people) from the #DEA, in,order to sharply reduce gun violence.

NRA sues Florida over gun law

https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/03/09/us/nra-sues-florida-gun-law/index.html?__twitter_impression=true
Senator Rick Scott signed a law that raised the miminum age to buy a gun to 21. Such a law is ridiculously hypocritical, as long as it’s OK for 18 year olds to become mercenaries and kill foreigners om far away continents, where no country poses any kind of threat to the USA.
Such crimes inspire similar crimes domestically.
The guy that killed 17 students at the high school, was raised under #Obama’s regime, so it can not have been a big surprise when he took a gun and went out killing; it’s the only example ever drummed into him; murdering people is what you do. Period.