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Comment Dated Nov 16, 2006


The disasters currently unfolding in Afghanistan and Iraq, with the prospect of more senselessness to follow, are not isolated phenomena. Wars practically never serve the interests of the people. To the contrary, war is a chief means for advancing the power of the state and its allied groups, and reducing the individual to fearful subservience and obedience. Court historians and sheltered intellectuals disguise these facts by enveloping wars with specious justifications from their podiums, armchairs, and funk holes.

Many people would want to learn more but find themselves stymied on the regular form of book search facility that requires knowledge of titles and/or authors. On the Lew Rockwell Column at www.lewrockwell.com/gordon/gordon22.html, David Gordon has listed a selection of books that take a look at some of the less glorious motives that have led to conflicts of which we've all read the official histories, and the realities that recruiting sergeants and those promoting fantasies of Hollywood-style heroics would rather you didn't know about.

I'm not personally familiar with all the titles, but a few that I can recommend from my own experience are Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace by Harry Elmer Barnes; War is a Racket by Smedley D. Butler; The First Casualty by Phillip Knightley; Neo-CONNED! D. L. O'Huallachain and J. Forrest Sharpe, eds.; Advance to Barbarism by F.J.P. Veale.