The Contrarian

“In the investment markets, what everyone knows is usually not worth knowing.”

Albert Einstein On War

Here is the opinion of one of the greatest scientists that ever lived. You may not agree, but it is food for thought.

“He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.”

– Albert Einstein

My view: As a little boy in WWII Germany, we lived under day and night bombardments. The Americans came during the day with high altitude bombing, the British came at night with low altitude air raids. For us little kids, they were exciting to watch. For our parents, it was a nightmare, to be awakened in the middle of the night by the air raid sirens, running into the basement that had been converted into an air raid shelter, and then seeing the fiery results of the bombardments.

At the start of the air campaigns, the Allies targeted industry to destroy Germany’s war efforts. Then that changed to the goal of targeting and terrorizing the population in the hope that people would rise up against Hitler.

Most Germans hated the Nazi’s, but they were afraid of them. When I tell friends this, they mention the huge crowds when Hitler gave speeches. The don’t know that people were forced to attend these events under threats of painful penalties. It’s very similar to North Korea now.

The Allies miscalculated. The people were so busy digging themselves out from under the rubble, finding food, and staying alive after the air raids, that there was not much time to rise up. The German military executed three assassination attempts, but they all failed. Hitler seemed to have been protected by the devil.

Nothing was learned from all this. When the US bombed Baghdad, Iraq in the “shock and awe” campaign, I learned from people well connected to US intelligence circles that perhaps 500,000 Iraqi civilians were killed. That’s ten times Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Shock and awe didn’t produce an uprising. Finally Saddam Hussein was caught by US ground troops, was prosecuted and executed.

Now Iraq is in a mess, controlled by Iran. True peace never came. So much for “nation building.”

War is rarely a solution. The purpose is not to get rid of an evil dictator as is always claimed. The world tolerates dozens of the worst dictators around the world and even does business with them. The true purpose is profit and power.

The next target for war on the agenda is Syria. Hopefully, the White House will not be lured into that by those who profit from war.

Perhaps WWII was the last ‘good war.’