The defense industry in the US is the largest exporter of weapons in the world by a factor of 7X over Russia and about 4X over China. The US exported over 79% of the war materials in the world in 2011. We are highly dependent upon this war machine to fuel our economy. We are feeding the war dragon that is increasing world tensions and detracting from feeding people and protecting the environment.
It is suggested that you watch the attached video, which is entitled “War – America’s Number One Export”. It provides the statistics and illustrations that show how important the export of war materials is to the US economy. The narrator is retired Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer of the Center for Advanced Defense Studies.
Our dependence upon the military-industrial complex and export of weapons is similar to the support of a pyromaniac fireman. We ship out the weapons and then face them later. This happened in Iraq and Afghanistan, and many other places around the world. We are fighting a war on terror where we often are having our soldiers killed by weapons made in the US. From a spiritual perspective, we are seeking quick profit over an opportunity to reduce the potential for global warfare and feeding instead of killing the populations of many developing nations.
In Isaiah 2:4, it is predicted that in the end days we shall see the swords turned into plowshares. Based solely on that prediction, we do not need to worry about the end of the world anytime soon. However, the expert quoted in the attached video admits that arming the world leads inevitably to an increase in aggression and wars.
We would do well to extend this analogy to our domestic gun crisis where we now have nearly one gun for every man, woman and child in the US. There is certainly a connection to guns and violent deaths in the US. More weapons in the world lead to more wars; more weapons in the US lead to more homicides. We don’t need another Sandy Hook Elementary massacre. If we are going to lessen the risk of dying by homicide in America, we need to make some major changes.
Tightening up on gun laws and the requirements to screen those buying weapons will decrease homicides using guns. The screening needs to extend beyond limiting those with prior histories of felonies and violence to include those that have been charged with domestic violence, menacing, and stalking. This is the information age, and despite the fears of “Big Brother”, those that have shown themselves to be dangerous to society need to have restricted access to weapons designed solely to kill human beings.
The gun and ammunition manufacturers have provided substantial support to the NRA. The NRA has in turn lobbied Congress to maintain a strong presence for supporting the continued availability of assault weapons and high capacity magazines to the public. It is suggested that there be a limit placed upon how many weapons any one person can possess, with exceptions for those weapons legitimately kept for hunting.
If the US had invested the many trillions of dollars spent in Iraq and Afghanistan in rebuilding the US manufacturing structure, we would not be near bankruptcy and we would be well on our way to regaining world economic dominance. Weaning our economy from dependence upon the export of war materials will take time. If a national priority is established to reward those companies that improve our energy efficiency, reduce pollution, and automate our factories to allow global competition, the defense industry has the technologies to make a successful transition.
Otherwise, we will continue to feed the bodies of our men and women soldiers to the war dragon. Big defense companies in the US will profit as all of humanity continues to use our weapons to kill each other. It is time to starve the dragon and begin to focus on living peacefully. We have enough challenges to face if we work together. If we don’t learn to live peacefully, someone will pull the nuclear plug and we will all go down the drain.
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