Covid-19 And War

This country is spending trillions (that is with a “T”) on the fight against this virus that is ravaging around the nation…..taxpayer cash…….as as trillions (again that is with a “T”) fighting our numerous wars of aggression.

Here is a thought….I am a antiwar person….and I think we should use our response to this pandemic to bring our troops home and fight the real enemy we have at this moment….Covid-19.

Can anyone think what our society might have spent six and a half trillion dollars on instead of 20 years of war in the Middle East for nothing? How about the trillion dollars per year we keep spending on the military on top of that?

Invading, dominating and remaking the Arab world to serve the interests of the American empire and the state of Greater Israel sounds downright quaint at this point. Iraq War II, as Senator Bernie Sanders said in the debate a few weeks ago, while letting Joe Biden, one of its primary proponents, off the hook for it, was “a long time ago.” Actually, Senator, we still have troops there fighting Iraq War III 1/2 against what’s left of the ISIS insurgency, and our current government continues to threaten the launch of Iraq War IV against the very parties we fought the last two wars for. This would almost certainly then lead to war with Iran.

The U.S.A. still has soldiers, marines and CIA spies in Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, Mali, Tunisia, Niger, Nigeria, Chad and only God and Nick Turse know where else.

America, We Have To End the Wars Now

This virus has illustrated that the US just does not have the funds to wage these forever wars….time to end the silliness…..

For the better part of the past two decades, the United States has indulgently and counterproductively wasted over $6 trillion and thousands of lives on unnecessary wars abroad. The towering costs imposed on our country by coronavirus now exposes how Washington’s skewed priorities left the nation fragile internally and vulnerable to a crisis. For our own security, it is time to end these pointless drains on our resources and prioritize strengthening America

The most egregious examples of our expensive and unnecessary military deployments abroad are the combat operations in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Africa. The Department of Defense will receive $165 billion in overseas contingency operations funding for Fiscal Year 2020 alone. These operations will include a total of over 93,000 troops (including regional support troops).  Those are staggering numbers.

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/skeptics/coronavirus-means-no-more-money-forever-wars-141802

Since Trump has declared this fight against this virus as a war…then let’s spend those trillions where they are needed…..in this country.

The UN has asked for a global ceasefire…….and I think it needs some thought and some action…..

The initial international reaction to COVID-19 has more often than not been characterised by divisions and suspicion, as states failed to cooperate and accused one another of mishandling the disease. UN Secretary-General António Guterres’s call for a global ceasefire in the face of the pandemic thus struck a rare positive note amid the prevailing gloom. On 23 March, when Guterres first proposed an immediate cessation of hostilities “in all corners of the world”, to allow all actors to focus on battling the virus and facilitating humanitarian aid to affected populations, the idea seemed fanciful. Still, armed groups from Colombia to the Philippines endorsed the idea in the days that followed. By early April, the UN could cite twelve countries in which at least one party to a conflict had acknowledged the appeal, although with differing levels of zeal and very unequal degrees of follow-through.

https://www.crisisgroup.org/global/global-ceasefire-call-deserves-un-security-councils-full-support

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2 thoughts on “Covid-19 And War

  1. My worry is that they will see other countries weakened by the virus as ripe targets for yet more expansion, regime change, and takeover. We may yet see more war, not less.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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