One last thought on War
Look, I don’t think all wars or even all the players involved in brewing up our wars are necessarily working with some nefarious plot in mind. But I think that war inevitably ends up being about plunder or defense – whether or not those who concocted it in the first place ever intended its outcome to be one or the other. The Crusades may have genuinely been about religious fervor to begin with (though again, I would say this is largely defensive in that case) but they quickly became wars of plunder. Iraq may have been rushed into because of legitimate defense concerns, but it was an expansionary war none the less – if not in terms of actual land-grabbing, then in terms of spreading our military and economic dominance into that region. So, perhaps I am too quick to say that war and the markets are so different. I’m not sure. I suppose I will never know since I will never be close enough to the decision-making process to tell for sure. But I do recall those heady days of 2003. And it felt very much as though we were being lied to, though I’ve been wrong before.