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War for Profit: The Economic Incentives Driving Global Conflict

The profitability of war has long been a driving force behind global conflicts. From the arms trade to natural resource extraction, economic incentives play a significant role in determining where and why wars are fought. This is evident in the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, where both sides are vying for control and seeking to profit from the conflict. In this article, we delve deeper into the ways in which war is profitable, and how it impacts the global economy. We also explore the ethical implications of this reality, and consider alternative approaches to conflict resolution that prioritize peace and prosperity for all.

The ongoing crisis in Ukraine has garnered international headlines. Either side is telling their version of the story, and both versions show their respective sides victorious. While Ukraine seeks more weapons and money from the West, Russia is busy supplying cheap oil to its friends and expanding its terror territory. Neither side appears to be interested in a cease-fire, let alone conflict resolution. So, what’s the deal? This is due to the fact that war is profitable.

The Ukrainian leadership benefits from the West’s arms and funding. Russia is exporting oil and expanding its influence outside its borders. Western firms are making money by selling weapons, while Middle Eastern countries are ecstatic about increased oil prices.

These days, no one seems to want to talk about electric automobiles or global warming. Nobody wants to talk about the sadness that families go through when a loved one passes away. The media is also enjoying the fight. They will be given the opportunity to exhibit their “bravery” and “objectivity” in reporting.

For the first time in years, Western oil companies are profitable, and their “fat-cat” CEOs are getting rich. The weapons industry has already begun mobilizing its propaganda and lobbying infrastructure in order to persuade their respective governments to provide more financial incentives for the development of more weaponry.

Even if the war appears to be taking place in a “small part” of Europe, the rest appears to be making money. The European Union, which was losing its will to live, appears to be taking advantage of this opportunity to develop a strong EU force independent of NATO. Despite losing its undisputed superpower status, the United States gains from its defense industrial complex.

True, some people are speculating about WWIII. But no one appears to care until the war in Ukraine is over. And Putin is definitely unwilling to leave his comfort zone.

Of course, the possibility of China conquering Taiwan remains. That is unlikely to happen anytime soon. So what’s the harm? This is because losing Taiwan, the world leader in semi-conductor advanced nano chip manufacturing, would devastate every other significant nation on the planet. Taiwan’s demise is not something the US can sit back and observe like Ukraine. If China invades Taiwan, the United States will be forced to intervene. Of course, the US will not send troops into Ukraine because the country has nothing to offer. They may, however, drain Russia and profit from arms sales by putting in armaments.

In a culture where money is so crucial, conflicts are always waged in regions where the economic imperative is near zero. As you can see, conflict is good for business, thus limited-scale violence will continue to occur in areas with little economic opportunity.

Saudi Arabia and Iran will fight through proxies in Yemen, Syria, and Lebanon, all of which have a history of supporting terrorism. Because Ukraine has nothing significant to contribute, the US and Russia will fight there because the locals are eager to fight. China will demonstrate force against India and Taiwan, but will not risk an invasion if its own people protest.

The game is straightforward – if you have nothing to offer, you must “sing for your supper.” However, if you have a lot to give, someone else will dance for you if you pay for the music.

 

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