Just the other day, the United States concluded the third of the annual American Festivals of Mars — Veteran's Day. Taken together with Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, these holy days are dedicated to the celebration of massive death and widespread destruction. These holy days are intended to foster support for the continued conduct of hostile takeovers of foreign lands for the benefit of those priests of profitable war and who remain above the actual level of impoverishment enjoyed by the majority.
The idea that war is merely the enforcement of international business deals by other means is not new. It was openly discussed many years ago by those opposed to America adopting imperialism and by someone who knew well about its practice from the inside. This notion that Military Might Makes Good Business has often been the basis for America's wars throughout our history, beginning with our Revolution, continuing with the War of 1812 and the Mexican War, and being a little-understood reason for the Civil War. 623,026 men died fighting over the notion that the business interests of a minority of the nation should hold sway over the aspirations of the majority. [This and all subsequent tallies of American war dead come from the U.S. Army Military History Institute.]
This notion that a minority could dictate to a majority was frankly the very reason our national forebears rebelled against the British Crown. Colonial business interests - a group much smaller than the established Imperial commercial mainstream which competed against them - demanded rights out of proportion to their size when measured against those of the entire Empire, and would not take no for an answer. Liberty from colonial status satisfied some, while the remainder again pressed for rights and privileges beyond their due from their new countrymen. Over 600,000 American men later paid the costs of settling that internecine disagreement.
Native Americans became the next conquest of profitable mercantilism over national sovereignty, and then it became the turn of the corrupt and decaying Spanish Empire. Both lost rights to the vast majority of their property and other assets to the New World Orderers. In the greater scheme of things, these were easy conquests for the American military machine. Fewer than 4000 American men died fighting these wars, which could hardly be considered harbingers of the bloody future awaiting the US in the 20th century.