War! What Is It Good For? (Hint: These 4 Companies)

Written by on October 5, 2014 in Government, Military, Policies with 0 Comments

Tyler Durden | ZeroHedge

h/t @NineInchBlade

h/t @NineInchBlade

As GreenLeft.org's Peter Boyle explains, it is a sadly familiar story: More death, pain and terror for the many translates into large profits for giant weapons making corporations.

Led by Lockheed Martin, the biggest US defence companies are trading at record prices as shareholders reap rewards from escalating military conflicts around the world.

Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Chicago-based BMO Private Bank, told Bloomberg: “As we ramp up our military muscle in the Mideast, there’s a sense that demand for military equipment and weaponry will likely rise… To the extent we can shift away from relying on troops and rely more heavily on equipment – that could present an opportunity.”

More money for the war profiteers – never mind the terrible human toll.

Remote “precision” airstrikes – such as the US and its allies – including Australia, are carrying out in Iraq and Syria today, have a record of inflicting huge civilian casualties as so-called “collateral damage”.

Marc Herold, a professor of economic development at the University of New Hampshire, did a comparative study of civilian victims of the West's war on Afghanistan. He said: “From 2006 to mid-2008, US/NATO aerial attacks killed 1,488 Afghan civilians with 1,458 tonnes of bombs, whereas between October 7 and December 10, 2001 US war planes dropped 14,000 tonnes of bombs resulting in 2,569-2,949 dead Afghan civilians (or 18-21 civilians killed per 100 tonnes of US bombs),” the Guardian reported in 2008.

The relative lethality for Afghan civilians (measured by the ratio of civilians killed per 100 tonnes of bombs) of NATO's close air support strikes far exceeds the lethality of the US strategic bombing of Laos and Cambodia, Herold calculated. And the lethality of US airstrikes in Afghanistan between 2006-2008 exceeded by far that recorded in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Yugoslavia, Iraq in 2003 and Afghanistan in 2001.

For all its deathly toll, has US/NATO bombing in Afghanistan put an end to “terrorism” in that war-devastated country? No.

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