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The Total Cost of How Many Wars Will Never be Fully Calculated Until People Stop Chanting Death to America

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Jan 23, 2014 at 16:05

In a late look and thought process, the answer is that America can ill-afford any war, from its rag-tag battles with the British through its own Civil War and its breakout war with the Spanish over a hundred and ten years ago. Then, in the course of the twentieth century, America was dragged by ragged politics into both world wars, coming away from them with a global sense that though we were essentially victors by certain standards, the cost was phenomenal; begging the question: was it worth it?

The answer at various levels is yes, since what was at stake was the freedom that America held in those days was preserved. But, as may be argued, there were/are consequences and that is what is being challenged in these modern times. In a globally wretched war torn and war worn environment we see today, the new question is begged: how many wars do the enemies of peace want to start? Is it not these who would rather die in martyrdom taking every man, woman and child for their cause reason enough to fight for peace, no matter the cost?

If the United States spends every last dollar either taxed or borrowed to obtain peace, it will never be enough, because peace cannot be bought! Think it not so? Look at all the money accumulated by the oil wealth in the Middle East; the UAE and KSA and even Iran, if it would get away from spending its wealth on nuclear ambitions: where is their peace? And proxy wars anywhere- they are not for the purposes of peace, now are they? And who funds the opposing sides like the Brotherhood-where is their money supply? The Brotherhood held sway in Egypt and could not hold their peace at any cost, EVEN with the backing of the American Chief Executive!

It is convenient to point fingers at the United States because, after all, it is not hard to admit the presence of one of the more powerful military agencies on the planet. But Iran kicked out the United States and has been targeted by Iran ever since and Iran has been linked to as many proxy operations in the world as the U.S. So where does Iran get its resources? Even as the sanctions have been lifted, the money supply from Iran is already being used for purposes other than giving its people a financial break. It would not be hard to convince one that half of the weapons stocked in Lebanon are marked in Farsi.

Instead of looking at the United States as an impediment to peace, those who seek the death of the United States need to look within themselves and try finding their peace there. After all, does not Islam seek peace? What would be the cost to seek that instead the death of others?

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