June 22, 2010
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Hooked on War
US and Afghan officials claim to have discovered more than $1 trillion in untapped copper, iron, and lithium deposits in Afghanistan, enough to significantly bolster the future development of the war ravaged country. But there remains skepticism about Afghanistan's mineral wealth, as some critics argue that the extent of un-mined deposits is being inflated to garner support for the war.
Yes, America is hooked on war, and although some Americans might not realize that, you can be sure the rest of the world does, as it looks at Afghanistan, Iraq, and other places around the world where the U.S. has fought wars, threatened to fight wars, sent armed forces, or launched missiles in their stead.
America spends more on its military budget than most of the rest of the nations of the world combined, and yet many Americans would tell you that the U.S. is a peace-loving nation that only goes to war to bring about peace, and that only uses its military to keep the peace.
It's like Orwell said: "War is peace" to them. More than that, though, war is profit to many U.S. weapons makers and manufacturers, who make enormous amounts of money selling arms and material not only to the U.S. government but to many others around the world.
Ted Rudow III,MA