Originally posted by robbie carrobie
yes i know, who can deny it? would banning religion make war a thing of the past? i doubt it for wars are mostly economic, regional, political, ethnical etc etc i actually believe that there will be some serious measures which see government banning organised religion, every day there are efforts at secularisation.
Right now there are whole villages slaughtered because they would not convert to Islam. This is not some figment of some reporters imagination.
And then there are the abortion doctors killed because it goes against some insane fundy's beliefs. Do you think the Afgan wars are about money? Those taliban asssholes want one thing, control of everyone in the valley and the utter subjugation of women. I hope their ilk gets wiped off the world map and shown for the cancer they are. Religious wars are fought for sincerely held principles that go with them into death. Into their supposed nirvana or heaven or 70 virgins or whatever other BS their fearless leaders feed into them.
In an increasingly interrelated monetary structure, China buying the US, US buying the Philippines, France holding on to Quebec, Just about the only holdouts are north and south Korea and the middle east.
Notice we just concluded a reduction in nuclear arms deal with Russia to get rid of 30 percent of our combined arsenals, China grows less communistic and more capitalistic every yearl. The US grows more socialistic year by year where there seems to be a growing world wide consensus to subvert our weapons into business deals and competition in the business world.
You don't notice the US bitching about Nepal do you?
You don't notice China spoiling for a fight over Taiwan now do you?
All the skirmishes are becoming more and more localized border disputes, bloody battles no doubt but when some rebels chew up Chechnya, you don't see a big push by Washington to send a half million troops in to assist the rebels.
They are bound to try to eliminate Bin Laden for crimes against the US but that is still a regional affair.
The US, nor China, nor Russia wants anything to do with a worldwide conflagration over 19th and 20th century ideology, that is a thing of the past. The only crazies left are Bin Laden, the Taliban, Iran, and north Korea, all of which are small boils on the face of reality. In reality, if any one of them launched a real nuclear weapon, say Iran to Tel Aviv or North Korea to Seoul, they would be consigned to a footnote in the history of horrors with the retaliations, but it would not lead to a world war.
That seems to me to lead to the conclusion that far from only one of hundreds of excuses for war, it seems to me religious hatred is very high on the list of the causes of war. You can try to dilute that as much as you want but I think the truth is, religious obsession and the self-righteous insanity in these people will keep war going long after ideologues fighting over capitalism V communism or whatever had long since lost favor over business.