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War: A deadly but profitable business
Lim Teck Ghee | 08 Sep 2017 00:30
As the drums of war sound again in our part of the world, it is prudent to weigh the risks and emphasise the devastating effects that will arise with any war. We should also ponder on why wars are waged and who are the stake players that are the main drivers of war.

Perhaps the biggest behind the scene stake player in the waging of war is the military-industrial complex (MIC). More than 50 years ago, the president of the United States, Dwight D Eisenhower, who was himself a military man, in his farewell address to the nation coined the term and warned in very graphic terms:

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence—economic, political, even spiritual—is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognise the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military–industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.

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