Just to record one set of those 3am thoughts.
Thinking about peace and how unobtainable it appears to be.
How wars over the centuries kept getting bigger nad bigger. More and more expensive.
Of the billions which are spent every year on weapons. Both in the purchasing and in the development of them.
Of how stones gave way to clubs which became passé when spears were developed. These were supplanted by bows and war-axes and swords over millenia. Copper, Bronze and finally Iron led the way into technological wars. Eventually cannons were invented. Up until now all that was necessary to equip an army for war was a competent blacksmith or two. Now, chemistry and ironmongery had to be combined and this required more finance than the average robber baron or war lord could afford.
Bankers began to finance wars for the Kings and Princes who became their clients. Sometimes the bankers would finance both sides of a conflict because they were not concerned with who won, but with who could pay. By backing both sides, they ensured they would finish with a larger pile of gold.
The number of potential combatants shrank as empires expanded as did the number of bankers because they were also in a war of their own. One fought with balance sheets, assassinations and takeovers.
So much for mankind’s habit of war. Hundreds of Millions of people killed, a few people gaining political power and a few banking families gaining in more wealth than the average person could dream of.
Then came 1914.
Things began to accelerate. Chemistry, physics and innovative metal working all combined to make weapons unbelievably deadly. World War One was fought with the strategies of the previous three centuries using the weapons of the 20th century. The carnage was indescribable. There was a change in the strategies of the 2nd World War but weapons development continued and the war was ended with an incredulous world looking at images of the beginning of the Nuclear Age.
The bankers, and the munitions makers, were not too concerned because they were still making profits hand over fist from both sides of every conflict. The Korean War came and not exactly went. The Vietnam War happened, just to test both Russian and American weapons developments.
Then we, the average people, saw something new. We saw the arrival of Terrorism. It became a noun to be feared. Terrorism and insurgency became the new form of war.
Because the war profiteers who had always been able to stay safe, realised they were no longer able to control where the killing would happen. Nuclear weapons caused too much damage. They could even wipe out entire banking organisations, entire countries, entire governments. Wiping out all those lovely profits.
And so war has been deliberately changed.
War has again become the province of the War Lord. Of the leaders of groups smaller than country-size. Each with an agenda to suit a group of unwitting followers. Whether that agenda is religious or territorial is irrelevant. Each group must be armed with weaponry up to but not including the too-dangerous nuclear weapons.
The profiteers are back in a business environment they can understand and control. One where they can remain safe. Those pesky scientists who opened the unwelcome genii’s bottle of nuclear bombs have been diverted to a new playground; space.
It is so easy to keep groups of terrorists appearing, apparently out of nowhere. All that is needed is to keep them buying arms. Early reports of the ISIS invasion of Iraq have reported on the hundreds of millions of dollars stolen from the banks in the over-run towns and cities. No prizes for knowing where that cash is headed.
The same has been happening for decades in Africa. Blood diamonds, kidnappings, sudden eruptions of violence all profiting a new group who then spend their wealth on weapons. All sorts of weapons, just so long as the range of their destruction is limited.
And the profiteers stay safe. The 1% of the 1% we think rule us are, in turn, ruled by that very small group of the Masters of War who will soon own the world.
But in the wings is an uncontrollable China – – –