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Posted By: George Papavgeris
03-May-04 - 07:15 PM
Thread Name: BS: Militarism & the US culture of violence
Subject: RE: BS: Militarism & the US culture of violence
GUEST, warrior cultures have always caused violence around the world. The Romans did. Alexander the Great did. Genghis Khan did. And so on. Nothing new or ground-breaking in that.

Did war ever produce more overall (for both victor and vanquished)benefit than the losses incurred? Mmmm, dunno but I doubt it.

Conflict (not just war) can focus energies towards new solutions, which can produce benefit. But to keep the balance sheet profitable, conflict has to remain non-damaging, non-destructive.

Does the US have a militarist, "greedy warrior" culture, as you say? I can't see it. A gung-ho culture, yes in part. A "strongest is right" culture, yes in part again. A "me first and damn the good of the many" culture, yes in part once more. I won't tar everyone who has a US passport with the same brush, but the overall signals are there. But militarist? I don't think so. This is not a latter-day Sparta.