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Is US Economy Dependent on War away from Homeland an Overview

Updated on March 28, 2009

The American ideology of war

   Several questions concerning the united states’ economy and its relation to wars on countries, away from its mainland, has arose from so many individuals, experts, economists and business men globally.
    Though the ordinary United States’ citizen may not comprehend so easily, the secret codes behind their country’s leaders embarking on wars away from their mainland though, many still condemned this habit among their politicians. But has this brought an end to war engagements by the United States? The answer remains no. Because it is believed that there is a link between United States economy growth and war away from mainland. Let us now examine critically, the facts, considering both the truths and the fallacies in it. Though this article is not in any way intended to criticize or bring down the image of the United States and its leaders, but it is a way of analyzing global issue, as a means of finding a solution to it. And to reflect on the current global economic crisis, which focuses more on the United States economy, especially, the activities taking place at the Wall Street.
      Through accurate histories, the United States economy experienced a shocking crash in the year 1929, leading to the crash of the Wall Street stock exchange market in October 29, 1929. This sudden crash which happened after the inception into office, of the republican president, Herbert Hoover, affected not only the United States, but also European countries in general that depended heavily on loans from American banks, especially Germany.
       Hunger struck many citizens of the United States, unemployment rose to a very greater rate for the first time in history of America, despite all the promises the newly elected president made on his inaugural speech. And many believed that it was his manner of approach towards their nations economy issues, that facilitated the economy breakdown, though no solid answer has been given to date of the actual cause of the crash.
       It was also gathered that more than a hundred American citizens died of hunger during this period, and Americans campaigned heavily of the acceptance of new migrants into America. Many families were thrown apart, people lived in caravans, trailers and other street buildings. Farmers produced a lot but no one to buy their products. Huge number of banks closed down activities, while companies where shut down indefinitely.
      This economy crisis continued to 1930’s, no way to break the crash, everything seemed like no way out. This was the situation until late 1939, during the uprising of the World War 2. This war seemed to bring more relief to the United Sates’ economy, as the country newly elected president, F. D. Roosevelt, invested more heavily into aerospace companies and other weapon manufacturing industries, and they flourished so well like the water lily.
      This war triggered the employment of more united state’s citizens into the army sector, and many were also employed as engineers and craftsmen in the booming warfare industries. Thank God, the states seemed to rejoice, for at least their economy saw some relief, after some years of economy downturn.
      Now, if we trace from the history of the united states, they have always engaged in war away from home land, during recession, which to be their only source of bailout, many experts wonder. It was gathered that before the first world war, united state’s banks saw huge set-backs, and after this war, better changes seemed to occur, and again, the great depression following the Black Tuesday of October 1929, put united states’ unemployment rate to a greater height. But after this incidence, the Second World War broke out, which seemed to be another bail out for United States again. And now, global populations are watching and guessing what would happen next, since this same economy crisis has occurred again.  Where will United States wage the next war, to bail out their economy crash?
      Economists and war experts are now looking at countries like: Afghanistan, North Korea, Pakistan, India, Sri-Lanka and may be Palestine, as their next possible targets, based on the claim of fighting war against terrorism and dictatorship. But are these countries the only countries where crisis abounds? What happened to African countries like, Sudan, Somalia, Guinea-Bissau and Eritrea? Can’t United States fight there? Are the leaders of these other countries not practicing dictatorship? This now gives us a good insight on the motives of united state’s engagement in wars away from main land.
       Some other analysts have argued that United States uses some other Muslim countries to achieve their desired objectives, while convincing them to join in the so-called war against terror. Just because this group of people called Muslims, fall preys to this plight by engaging in regular suicide and terror attacks in the name of Jihad.
       In order for us to understand this politics more clearly, let us examine more, some of the factual reasons why United States engages in wars away from home land.
It is believed that wars, conflicts and crisis create a direct consumption for united state’s military industry (especially aerospace). This is why it is believed that the United States during the last century planned thoroughly
 and laid the necessary platform for the growth of the most powerful
 defense in aerospace and arm industry worth over trillion dollars. This alone, puts the United States, highest in military defense technology worldwide.

Records have also shown that massive reconstruction works, which are mostly carried out by United State’s companies and contractors, globally, follows each war crisis. Let us take for example the aftermath reconstruction works in Europe after world war, and that of Iraq reconstruction still ongoing.  

 In 2002, Transparency international Bribe payers’ index ranks defense industry as the 2nd most corrupt business sector of the world. And this is ranking is followed by the oil and gas sector, after the construction sectors. All these all sectors controlled greatly and influenced by the United States of America.

It was also gathered that wars and crisis results more public spending.
 During the First World War alone, more than 1.2 million united state’s
 military were employed. Unlike in the 1930 and 40s when General Motor (GM) was on the point of collapse in the same way as we say today in 2009. This made the then united state’s President Roosevelt to give special orders that more and more engine for military tanks and aircrafts be constructed instead of just cars. And this same tanks and aircrafts were then channeled into massive destruction of human and resources during the Second World War.

We have also seen clearly that each war and conflict on the globe have triggered the creation of more united states independent states and colony. Some of these colonies include Israel, Saudi Arabia, which came into existence through the Ottoman Empire after the First World War.  What of Pakistan which was colonized by the united sates after the Second World War.  And it is very obvious to us all that these countries depend solely on united sates for their military equipment and nation building strategies, which acts as a great source of employment for the teeming United States companies and contractors.

Wars and violence in some other parts of the globe again, seems to pull down some emerging competitors to united states economy, and hence, keeps them flourishing above other economies, just because they may be afraid to compete.
          Considering the above reasons, we can now understand more closely, the type of relationship that exist between the united state’s economy and global wars, which tries to act as a sustaining factor to this very economy in question.
    Therefore, the true color of the said war on terror, might not be the exact color beneath it, as this may be a political tool, used by the united state’s leaders, to keep their economy at the top of the global chart.
     If we also try to examine the other way, United States tries to bring to its favor, most oil giant nations in the middle east in particular, so that they remain in control of the revenues generated from the sale of this treasure, through many indirect ways.
      Oil is traded in us dollars, no doubt about that, and most of this oil traded dollars coming from these oil giant countries, is also banked in united state’s banks and reserve. This puts them indirectly in control of this oil gotten funds.
     If we also look it from the other perspective, united state’s banks are not hit as they are supposed to by this global economy crisis, because, they are in control of so much oil funds from most oil producing countries of the world, especially the middle easterners.
  Summing it all, we must not neglect the bad effects of war on global economy, just for selfish reasons, as this can only benefit us for a decade or so, and yet we suffer it again and again. So why not we find a lasting solution to this problem of reoccurring global economy crisis or depression, and forget tussling for a worthless pride to be called the world power. Because this will either sprung up deadlier challenges from rising nations like, China, Iran, Korea, Japan, Russia and the rest of them, thereby exposing the entire global population a greater risks of witnessing another dangerous world war, which may bring an end to man on Earth.
  Just like a favorite hubber said, live I live, everything is ok, but live and don’t allow me to live, everything is not ok. Let us try to co-exist no matter the situation, and also learn from our past mistakes like in the first and second world wars, which did the world no good but harm, by destroying years of efforts, in a blink of an eye. Just because of some selfish desires of some leaders, who did not live to see any of their atrocities to humanity today.
    In doing this, we must understand that war and crisis are had never proved to be good ways of solving global or economic problems, rather a coward means of shying away from the challenges, in order to have excuse to point at for our tomorrow failures.
      I hear their cries
      I hear their pains
      Calling from far within
     A place so near but far away to reach
     Little by little
    Our selfishness unfolds
    Gradually did we notice the
    Wickedness of our deeds and
    Yet we had no tents to hide our shame
    Bartering and torturing of fellow humans
    Cutting off and breaking off intelligent necks
    That we never can tell whether it will be
    The rescue of this troubled Earth we are.
    Why must we engage in wars?
    Not considering the cold it
    Inflicts on our children
    The pains it gathers in their hearts
    Enslaving our minds in an
    Unrecoverable peace
    The children of Palestine are crying
     Stop the war stop the attacks
    Let us live like one again
    But the leaders are saying
    You are at fault and this is my right
    But little they know of this hurtful truth
    Humans has no right on Earth
    Because we all are passing away dust
    Just like the shadow and
    Roaring waves in oceans
    That seem so unending but
    Yet it has an abrupt end.



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      Will Apse 

      9 years ago

      All countries fight wars to further their interests. Politicians in the West are pretty honest about this. In America they talk about 'defending American interests' which is almost true- 'promoting American interests' would be absoutely true.

      The Uk will always back America because to do so is in its own interests (this is the only reason). The world that America is trying to create why force, diplomacy, economic pressure (and bribery) will suit all of Europe very well. It might also suit many other countries if they are willing to toe the line and adjust or surrender their present cultures. Of course for some that is too high a price to pay, especially in the Muslim world.

      Anyone who thinks America fights war for altruistic reasons like spreading democracy and the rule of law or promoting human rights is delusional.

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      FM Shah 

      9 years ago

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      Following are the few reason due to which US actively promote, initiate wars, violence, conflicts and chaos across the globe, away from its main land. 1. Wars, conflicts and crisis create direct consumption for US defense/aerospace industry. USA during last century planned thoroughly and laid the necessary groundwork for the growth of the most powerful defense/aerospace industry worth trillion dollars. As a result if we sum up today technological might of US, Defense/Aerospace industry is the back bone of US technological superiority. In Defense/Aerospace industries US firms have monopoly and do not have ant parallel/equal competitor in whole world (including G8 countries). 2. Each war/crisis is followed by construction work which is mostly done by US firms/cartels. Examples are Europe (after WW II) and Iraq reconstruction recently. Transparency international Bribe payers index 2002, ranks defence industry as the 2nd most corrupt business sector- just ahead of oil and gas sector but behind the public works and construction sectors. These all sectors are controlled and manipulated by USA.3. Wars, crisis and violence results in enhanced public spending. During WWW I (triggered by non state agents) more than 1.2 million US soldiers were employed. Similarly during 1930/40s General Motor was on verge of collapse in the same way as today in 2008/09. Then President Roosevelt gave special orders for making engine for military tanks and aircrafts instead of cars. Same tanks and aircraft were then utilized in WWW II. 4. Each war, conflict and map redrawing have created US dependant states. Examples are Isreal, Saudi Arabia (out of Ottoman Empire after WW I). Saudi Arabia is depended on USA for last seven decades for all external and internal threats. Israel act as counter balance for US strategic interest in Middle East. Recent warming of relation and increasing closeness between India and US is direct result of the India and Pakistan escalation. As result both look toward Washington for favorable tap. 5. Wars, crisis and violence create favorable and monopolistic business/trade conditions for most of US firms and MNCs. Wars, crisis and violence create preferential monopolies over trade routes and natural resource.6. Wars, violence and crisis also result capital flight from whole globe to US main land, which has remained safe from any war, violence and crisis during last century. Whereas US has been remained direct/indirect sponsor, initiator and actor in all such wars, violence and crisis. US has jumped in each war after some Flag post operation like Pearl Harbor (WW II) or 9/11 (War on Terror). 7. Wars, violence and crisis across the globe also pulls down complete region and act as drag on US rival and competitor economies with which US economy is unable to remain competitive and correct its own structural gaps.8. On domestic front, wars, violence and crisis across the globe are used by Washington for attention divertion from structural flaws in US economic and financial system.

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      Kelly W. Patterson 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      While I certainly agree that the weapons industry has become a huge part of the government budget and many conflicts have resulted from their influence on politicians and the resulting profits for those companies, it would actually be more proper to say that this particular recession came about in large part because of the money being spent in Iraq and Afghanistan. And in current times, war isn't the job creator that it once was. The mass produced bombers and tanks have been replaced by multi-million dollar precision bombers and remotely guided munitions. Similarly, Rosy the Riveter has been replaced by a automated, computer operated assembly line. It's a high price, low labor business at this point and, much like everything else, that just doesn't carry a lot of benefit for the average worker.


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