Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Why Has Peace Always Failed?

As you read this post the United States seems hell-bent on embroiling itself in one more conflict, one more war. 

This time Mr. Trump appears to be greatly influenced by his National Security Advisor, John Bolton, in addition to (I speculate) his own predilection for self-preservation by media manipulation and misdirection.

Bolton, in my opinion, for his immoral and inhumane activities during the G.W. Bush administration. He is an international war criminal. He is one of the architects of the Iraq war of aggression and the false Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) claim to "justify" it. For that reason alone, Mr. Bolton inhabits the same septic tank as those tried for crimes against humanity at Nuremberg following World War II.

Going to war, provoking war, is the tried and true tactic used throughout history by countless politicians, as a means of saving their asses and remaining in power.

Given this fact, why is it that the public seems to always fail for the obvious “go to war” manipulation peddled by people like Mr. Trump and Mr. Bolton?

I plan to ferret out a reasonable answer.

In the meantime, I discovered this 1982 article by Dr. James Clotfelter, professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He lists seven reasons:

  1. Peace movements fail because they are not seen as reflecting the basic values of a society.
  2. Peace movements fail because they identify with such widely approved national symbols and themes as to deny themselves a clear identity.
  3. Peace movements fail because they focus on the past, the present or the distant future, rather than the intermediate future.
  4. Peace movements fail because they are unable, or unwilling, to convince people that wars hurt economies.
  5. Peace movements fail because they fail to bridge class and ideological divisions.
  6. Peace movements fail because they become identified with threatening symbols unrelated to peace.
  7. Peace movements fail because they become identified with appeasement of national adversaries.

Given the state of “keep Mr. Trump in office” politics and mankind’s lack of humanity, perhaps our only hope for sustained peace is some form of law enforcement of the artificial intelligence kind, e.g. the robot Gort, from the 1951 movie, The Day the Earth Stood Still.

The Day the Earth Stood Still (4/5) Movie CLIP - Klaatu's Speech (1951) HD

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