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The Insanity Of War

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War is man’s greatest evil!

What is war?

War is organized violence conducted by two or more nations or parties. As time has progressed and technology developed the severity of war has increased with the complexity of weapons. Estimates of deaths is World War 2 alone range up to eighty five million lives and it could be more. The majority of these deaths were civilians.

Why do we have war?

My father once told me that war is fought for economic reasons. I disagreed, but in time I saw that he was right. In war the winning nation (if there are any winners) gains controls of the losing nation’s resources. Also weapons manufactures and those who supply the troops also make massive amounts of profits.

How is war possible?

War is conducted by the manipulation of the masses. Propaganda turns weak minds into thinking that another nation is the embodiment of evil and needs to be defeated by military violence.

What role do banks play?

Banks finance wars and make them possible. They are happy to loan money. How banks have more money than nations is another very good question.

Who fights the wars?

Almost exclusively wars are fought by the poor. Youths of rich families seem to find some way out of serving. Whether it is through deferments or other legal techniques they take full advantage of their position. Later on in life sometimes these people who were too cowardly to fight in war gain positions of power. When they strongly advocate war we call the ‘chicken hawks’. That is because they advocate war but when it was their time they were far too scared to serve. Such is the hypocrisy of the world we live in.

Who suffers in war?

Obviously when a war is waging combatants and civilians suffer. Cities are destroyed and echo systems damaged, massive amounts of refugees are created. The ramifications of war don’t end when hostilities cease. The soldiers take home the psychological damage and it infests society in general. In the United States today around twenty two soldiers commit suicide. War generates negative energy which manifests in societal ills like drug abuse, ruined marriages, distance from children and more.

How does war drain a society?

War requires a tremendous amount of resources. Not only is this an economic drain but it is an intellectual drain. All those scientist and engineers that work at designing better and deadlier weapons could be employed at something constructive. Every dollar spent on war is a dollar less for education, health care, and other social programs.

Why does war have to end now?

Man has possession of both nuclear and biological weapons, which if used, could end all life on planet Earth. If we don’t  come together in the name of humanity to stop war, war will end humanity.

How do we end war?

Clearly our ‘leaders’ have no interest in ending war. The warlocks on Wall Street make massive amounts of money off of war. Furthermore our elected leaders follow the money. It does not matter whether republicans or democrats hold power, the military industrial complex steams full ahead. If we are going to end war we will have to create an independent political party who is subject to the will of the people. This can only come through massive grass root action.

What is the greatest obstacle to ending war?

Apathy. Many people are quite content with their position in life and merrily row their boats down the stream. Unfortunately some treacherous rapids are ahead. Not only is the war effort bankrupting the United States we are headed towards a conflict with both Russia and China. Many people haven’t felt the effects of war just yet. If World War 3 cannot be averted it will be a war where the death toll could reach the billions.

I am a volunteer for a group called New Jersey Peace Action. I invite you to examine a poetry book I edited called “Peace Poems”.

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The Insanity Of War

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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APA Reference
Kaniecki, J. (2017). The Insanity Of War. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 19, 2018, from


Last updated: 6 Dec 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 6 Dec 2017
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