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Is militarism anachronistic? Is 21st century militarism a short one-way dead-end street? Is ‘dog eat dog’ domination dogma doomed?
Has the classic Darwinian/Machiavellian strategy become counterproductive and even self-destructive?
Morality aside: To survive 10,000 years ago, 1,000 years ago, and as recently as 100 years ago militarism made sense. But, how do you win a war fought with weapons of mass extinction (‘WMDs’ is a euphemism)? Is the winner the one who lives, i.e. suffers, a few days longer? For most of human existence, it took thousands of warriors weeks to kill thousands. Today, one human could kill millions in minutes. As if to ensure humanity’s demise, many countries and many corporations are further escalating militarism by proliferating access to, and expanding the magnitude of WMEs. Why play Russian roulette with humanity’s life?
Gandiji was right when he said, an eye for an eye will leave the whole world blind, but today, an eye for an eye will leave the whole world gone.