"No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded you are, what the government is actually doing is worse than you imagine." - - - William Blum

September 13, 2006

Be sure to go see Iraq For Sale when it comes out in a few days. Then, ask yourself:

Who are the benefactors of war?

Financially speaking, that would be:

  • Contractors who make and sell the weapons, ammunition, jets, vehicles, equipment and services to the military.
  • Contractors who provide the material and labor for cleanup and reconstruction.
  • Those medical and pharmaceutical companies which provide the equipment, drugs and services to the military during the war (for the wounded) and after the war (for the permanently disabled).
  • Mortuaries and funeral homes who bury the dead soldiers and civilians.
Who pays for the war?

Financially speaking, we the taxpaying citizens foot the bill for all the above. Plus, many of us pay with our lives, our physical suffering, our careers, and our families (divorce, etc.) . The rest of us pay through reduced social services due to tax dollars being diverted from government social programs to all the above.

This is why, throughout modern history, civilians have never started a war. This is why, throughout modern history, corporate-sponsored and -supported governments start as many wars as possible.

As long as Bush-war, his cabal, and his corporate contributors continue to profit financially from murdering Iraqis and destroying the Iraq infrastructure and landscape, he will continue to keep our troops there, no matter how high a percentage of U.S. citizens want us to get the fuck out now.

That's just the way it is, folks, so deal with it and stop all the tiresome whining. And complaining. And demonstrating. And righteous hand-wringing.

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