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War is like Crack

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

What happens when a bunch of testosterone-fueled dudes have tons of weaponry to play with and nothing else to do? Well, you just know they are going to blow stuff up. Case and point, the video above, showing an A-10 strafing some Arab soldiers trying to expel what they see as foreign invaders.

Most chilling from the video, apart from the gory realities of a battlefield, is Sgt. Steiner’s reaction at the end describing the unparalleled rush that comes from combat. “That’s fun, though. That’s fun,” Steiner says to the cameraman about the live firefight, “You can’t get a better high. It’s like crack.”

Great, so not only are these bored soldiers stuck in a foreign place, armed to the teeth and given free rein over a nation, one of the most stimulating behaviors they can partake in is to fight and kill the people around them. No wonder the over-a-decade long war in Afghanistan has proven so fruitless.

Of course, it’s not about ‘winning’. The only real goal for the war machine is to perpetuate and proliferate armed conflict. As long as war is waging, profits are being made, and that is all that matters to the entities responsible for the majority of modern warfare.

But apart from enriching a tiny minority, war serves no purpose in today’s world. It’s just that institutionalized violence has been around for so long that it has etched a deep groove into our minds, making the path of least resistance lead straight to armed conflict.

The path to peace, on the other hand, remains so underdeveloped that a lot of people don’t even know it exists. But this will change dramatically over the coming few years, as humanity continues to unite on unprecedented levels and the way to a peaceful planet further reveals itself.

The vast majority of the world’s people – 99% or more – have already grown sick and tired of war and want it to stop. Now, it’s more about realizing that peace can and will happen when we make it happen.