Posts Tagged ‘military industrial complex’

The Internet – Building Peace in a War Zone

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

One of the first steps in the peace building process is to open up the channels of communication. This is what social media has been doing in Afghanistan, bridging the gap between NATO forces and the Taliban.

Following a 20-hour Taliban-led assault on a NATO base in Kabul, the two adversaries turned their battle into a war of words via – what else – Twitter!

While what the two parties specifically discussed won’t garner any Nobel Peace prizes, the simple act of communicating is still a positive thing.  Just talking to someone can put a face on a formerly faceless foe. And anything that helps to re-humanize an enemy, even if only slightly, is another step towards resolving this conflict.

So keep venting on Twitter, guys. It’s far less costly than resorting to violence.

Corporate Armies

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

The Military Industrial Complex(MIC) , aka the war-machine, is an entity made up of the “defense” industry, the government, the media, and the armed forces to ensure that institutionalized warfare is perpetuated as much as possible around the world.

Fueled by our fears and our lust for violence… allowed to persist because of the propaganda too many people swallow – freedom, liberty, democracy, honor… driven forward by the trillions in profit to be made… the MIC can be considered a primary force responsible for most of the war we have in our world, because it enables it.  Without this entity to profit off violence and death, wars would not exist to the degree we see in our world.

There has been a trend becoming more evident in the past decade… privatized armies.  Mercenaries -Soldiers of Fortune like those of the notorious BlackWater – are being called on to take on more and more significant roles in armed conflicts.

For centuries, governments have been an important pillar in the MIC, but they are becoming less and less important.  Corporations have been skipping whole ‘Uncle Sam Needs You’ spiel, instead just recruiting their own armies.

For example, The Shell company relies on a hired army to protect their oil interests in Africa.  This army has been repeatedly accused of human rights violations… settling a recent case for over $15 million.

This trend will continue as corporations grow in power.  Eventually corporations will have their own armies, large enough to rival those of entire countries.  If and when this happens, these armies will simply follow orders, not bound by any rules or laws other than what the corporation sets forth.  Combine this notion with the forthcoming advent of robotic soldiers, and we can see a stark wake-up call…

IT IS TIME TO END WAR BEFORE WAR ENDS US!

Luckily, we are fast approaching the day when institutionalized war will end on earth.  Humankind is becoming empowered – individuals all around the world are becoming empowered – thanks to new technology and other developments.  We are uniting on a scale never before seen, and this will allow us to make our world what we want it to be.

The power of solidarity we are gaining will allow us to dismantle the Military Industrial Complex, striking a huge blow to the forces perpetuating war in our world.  Peace will become the dominant force in our world.

Be sure to visit us often to find out more reasons why peace is coming.