Veterans for Peace Radio Hour

May 18, 2013

Profiting From Peace

Filed under: General Discussion — bobfunke @ 2:26

Just about everyone out there has an idea about how to bring about Peace, some even include more war, as odd as that may sound.

The situation is, from a realistic point of view, regardless of how gruesome war is, it is intensely profitable. Each bomb dropped, missile launched, shot fired, piece of equipment destroyed, it needs to be replaced, and since the cost of munitions and weapons systems are so high, how is it that an industrialist cannot move away from the near instantaneous profit to be made?

The era of greed has never been far away; those that have great sums of money and other assets want more, that appears to be a simple fact. The other area is that they more fast. When we were more agrarian groups of societies things moved slowly, nature ruled the pace and we adapted rather well. There were still great riches to be made, and the class system was a bit more bizarre, but all things considered, things went relatively well. As we gained more knowledge, we learned that we could take what we could not, or be willing to, purchase/barter. The war machine was born.

Our technical expertise at killing one another has not yet reached it’s zenith. Every day, new technology for “defense” rises up, and inevitably, it is used for offense. Our nation has embarked on a road to empire since it’s inception. It’s taken time to get where we are now, but the future holds, (as it always does), that empires crumble.

Here is where I’m thinking we can profit from Peace.

For one thing, our coastline is ringed with naval stations that are harboring WWI destroyers, not to mention cruisers, aircraft carriers from WWII and Korea and a host of other unseaworthy  ships and vessels. There are a lot of precious metals on board the vessels, not to mention this is some serious steel, which could easily be melted down and reused to rebuild our infrastructure. We’d need architects, engineers, steel workers, transportation, concrete and people to lay and finish it. A whole host of jobs would be created withing 6 months and the job we’re looking at, infrastructure, would take years to complete. Good paying jobs, jobs that trained people for the future in welding, steamfitting, high speed rail, thousands of new jobs and people being trained to carry us into the future.

Agriculture would benefit as these people would need to be fed properly, housing would be enhanced as people need places to stay, we could utilize green technology and wean ourselves off of fossil fuels…just by recycling  junk.

Swords to plowshares in a nutshell.

Once it is discovered that we can make profit, rather quickly without killing and maiming others, we can begin to repair the problems we’ve created. Some of that steel could be used for irrigation in more arid lands, some viable seeds for a particular area and suddenly, a population becomes self sufficient with good nutrition. It takes 7 years from the time an apple seed germinates to the first crop, that’s a little less than half the time we’ve been embroiled in the current “excursions”. Wheat, rice, soy, barley, etc take far less time to establish themselves, fruit trees take a bit, but are well worth it. The price of seeds is low, the price of life sustaining food is low, why waste billions on destruction making enemies, when we can feed people and make friends for life?

Waging Peace is a noble idea, and a workable idea, all it takes is the realistic view that friends are far better than enemies.

It will take a worldwide effort to accomplish what we want to accomplish, there are plenty of “bad guys” out there, but they can be contained. We need not look at everyone as a potential enemy, what we need to do is look at the world, realize we are all human beings, encapsulate those that would continue war, and off we go to a more Peaceful world.

It should be mentioned that Peace is not the end of war, that is but a small part of Peace. Peace is being able feel peaceful withing one’s surroundings and the rest of the world. It is as mental as it is physical, it is a state of mind. We cannot attain Peace without Equality and Justice.




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