How is War Not Passé by Now?

How is War Not Passé by Now?

A Ball of Mud Spinning Through Space, Inhabited by Apes Flinging Shit at Each Other

A Ball of Mud Spinning Through Space, Inhabited by Apes Flinging Shit at Each Other

 

In an era where we can summon the entirety of human knowledge with a few taps on a smartphone, it's frankly baffling that War, the world’s oldest and most tragically unoriginal reality show, is still being aired. Really, in the 21st century, shouldn’t we have canceled this show due to poor ratings and ethical concerns? Yet, here we are, finding ourselves in a world where the military-industrial complex is thriving like a Silicon Valley startup. 

Let's consider the United Nations, the European Union, NATO, and their ilk - organizations designed to promote peace and cooperation. These institutions are equipped with a sophisticated legal framework, almost like an international court system designed to settle disputes. It's the kind of setup where one would expect nations to file grievances like civilized entities, seeking resolution through legal discourse rather than the archaic practice of lobbing explosives at each other. Yet, the global stage often resembles less a court of law and more a schoolyard brawl, with countries sometimes opting for the "might is right" philosophy.

The thriving global arms market is a testament to this outdated mentality. It's a booming industry, thriving on the very concept of conflict. Imagine a world where countries invest as much in legal and diplomatic resources as they do in their arsenals. The military weaponry industry's success story is a stark reminder that we haven't quite evolved past our primitive instincts. It's like watching someone choose a typewriter over a laptop - both can write a letter, but one is clearly stuck in the past.

The comparison of warmongering nations to a jealous ex-boyfriend or an unrequited lover is apt. It's the same kind of irrational, destructive behavior that screams, "If I can't have it, no one can!" There's a desperate need for a legal framework that treats such actions not as heroic but as what they are: dangerously unbalanced. Countries that rush to military action should fear the equivalent of being ghosted by the international community - sanctions, isolation, and a serious blow to their global standing.

The idea that any country would consider war as a first resort in this day and age should be as laughable as using carrier pigeons for long-distance communication. World leaders should be the poster children for forgiveness, cooperation, and moving forward, not for grudges and gunpowder. It’s high time to trade the artillery for arbitration, and the tanks for talks.

In essence, the persistence of war in an age where legal and diplomatic solutions are plentiful is a head-scratcher. The idea that we're still resorting to the most primitive method of conflict resolution, in a world where we've developed technology that allows us to communicate instantly across the globe, is a bit like insisting on using smoke signals in the age of WhatsApp. It's time for a new season, a new show, where disputes are settled not on the battlefield, but in the courtroom. War should be passé, and the world needs to catch up to this reality. Old war movies can be entertaining for a couple of hours, but let’s not make them a plan for the future.

Thanks,
Mike

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