Understanding War and Peace

By Griping Grandpa

Here is what I wrote to President-elect Donald Trump on his greatagain.gov website and which may be of interest to our readers as well..

Dear Mr. President-elect,

I agree with most of your statements and I have voted for you, because I too want to see America become great again. While I agree that we need a strong military, we should not become hawkish. During its history as a nation, there have been very few years when America was not involved in some military conflict. Many of these conflicts were started as a result of false flag events or by provoking conflict with other nations.

Currently, our Congress wants to impose a no-fly zone in Syria. Apparently they don’t care if they start World War 3. Russia is fighting ISIS in Syria. Is that not what we want also? Is that not more important than deposing that country’s government? I don’t see any benefit in provoking Russia. And then there is China, which might be willing to waste a billion men!

I understand who benefits from war. The banking elite loves war – they profit from financing both sides of the conflict (at interest and with money created from thin air) and afterwards from loans to repair the damage. The military-industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned us about also profits handsomely. Politicians also like war because it hides their incompetence, raises morale among the people, has them agree to draconian measures and stimulates the economy with the production of war materials.

Personally, I don’t like war and I don’t think any sane person does either. It causes great human suffering and destruction of property. I lived through World War 2 in a Nazi-occupied country and it wasn’t pretty. It is not an experience I would like to repeat. Mr. President-elect, I trust that with your negotiating skills, you will be able to end our current military conflicts and prevent new ones from occurring during your presidency.

Of course, it would be naive to believe that a well-trained and well-equipped military would be sitting idle for long, so I would propose that in addition to their destructive skills, they should also be tasked with constructive work. The military would be of great service in providing disaster relief following natural (or man-made) disasters and with one-time large projects. For instance, they could be put to work building that wall on our Southern border. Foreign governments could request such assistance as well, if prepared to pay for it, in which case our men would tackle the project, get it done and then get out fast.