Rampant, unchecked militarism, as historian Arnold Toynbee notes, “has been by far the commonest cause of the breakdown of civilizations.”
The corpses of civilians, including children, piled up by Israel and Saudi Arabia, who do much of their killing in Gaza and Yemen with U.S. weapons, don’t come close to the hundreds of thousands of dead we have left behind in the two decades of warfare we have perpetrated in the Middle East.
“These lessons are pretty obvious, but they don’t seem to be learned,” he goes on, “particularly by the sort of political elite, above all in Washington.”
The Riptide of American Militarism: Lessons from the Natural World on Washington’s Unnatural Wars, by Wm. Astor
“The best defense against militarism is peace; the next best thing is the vigorous practice of democracy,” (The Pentagon as a Parasitic Cowbird)