Saturday, January 10, 2015

E-War



Food aid is the only thing keeping tens of thousands of people alive in
South Sudan. Since the civil war broke out in December, 2013, around
10,000 people have died and almost two million have been displaced
by the violence. Frustrated, the U.S. may expand sanctions against
Sudanese officials who are dragging out the peace process.

South Sudan had existed as a country for just two years before it
 succumbed to civil war. The fight is between President Salva
Kiir and his biggest political rival and former deputy Riek
Machar, but civilians have taken most of the damage.
According to the UN, both sides have engaged in
extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances,
rape, other forms of sexual violence, and
attacks on hospitals.
From helpful history sites, here's a chronological listing of people trying to subjugate others. Each conflict was occasioned by a powerful few manipulating the many with a consequential flow of wealth to those who hold the the upper hand.  It's economic warfare ... E-War.

Warfare needs a redefinition perhaps, it we're going to understand the causes and the goals of war initiators.

Despite claims of ideological motivation, the structural elements of such 
large-scale conflict appears to be built exclusively on the bottom line, on wealth to be gained by conquest.  In many, there is an ethically justifiable position for defenders in the conflict even though all sides emphatically claim the moral high ground. For the people involved, they generally believe what they are told by their leaders, that their cause is noble, just, and necessary.

Empires rise or fall, territory is gained or lost, maps are redrawn.

Much like Wall Street and the financial industry today, such conflicts have historically been based on power, wealth, and the taking of resources at the expense of others. 


Wars of History (and Economics)
       Each a conquest for wealth and power

735-715: First Messenian War - Sparta's land grab
720-680: Lelantine War
685-668:  Second Messenian War

600 BC

500 BC

400 BC

300 BC

200 BC

100 BC

AD

486-511: Wars of Clovis I, king of the Franks
1096-1099: First Crusade

1100

1200

1202-1204: Fourth Crusade
1215-1217: First Barons War
1218-1221: Fifth Crusade
1228-1229: Sixth Crusade
1248-1254: Seventh Crusade
1264-1267: Second Barons War
1270: Eighth Crusade
1277-1282: Welsh War of Edward I

1300

1331-1333: Genko War (Japan)
1337-1453: Hundred Years War

1400

1500

1600

1700

1800

1900

1900: Boxer Rebellion
1911-1912: Italo-Turkish War
1914-1918: First World War
1915-1917: Senussi Uprising
1919: Third Afghan War
1939-1945: Second World War
1947-1960: Malayan Emergency
1954-1975: Vietnam War 1954-1968 and 1968-1975
1966-1990: Namibian War
1980-1988: Iran-Iraq War
1982: Falklands War
1984-1988: Tanker War
1991: Gulf War

2000

2003: Sudanese Genocide
2013: South Sudan Civil War
2015: Wall Street War Against the World  (continuous since the 19th century)  Although publicly traded securities appeared around 1790, the predatory practices like we see today emerged later, around 1845.  Following the establishment of the telegraph, the brokerage industry took the place of fair practice in the marketplace.  Deregulation of the finance sector in the 70's and after unleashed market practices and mega-corporations.  Banks are now bigger than countries, and the wealth of the world flows to the richest, only.  Economic warfare gives us the accelerating GAP between the rich and everyone else. In the world.



If you're curious, trace the historical flow of wealth and the continually widening gap between the rich and poor.  The best visible indicator, it persists across countries, centuries, and empires.  It is the very heart of warfare and oppression.  And it's the centerpiece of today's business culture.  
 Figured out which side you're on yet?

Recommended resource for a human perspective: http://livingonone.org/