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And yet is Yuval correct (Homo Deus intro by Yuval Noah Harari), has war been reined in?

In the 19th century the globe was dominated by European expansion and colonialism. The slave trade (mainly British and American) that had previously seen a huge death toll was dying out, and was being replaced with colonial wars and occupation. Local skirmishes were dying out to be replaced by a coordinated effort to deal with the invader.

And it was this expansionism that led to the western wars of the 20th century. The First World War might well be described as a war about dividing the African cake, and although Germany was defeated the Ruling Class did not wish to decimate its own, and so the war between colonial powers happened again in the Second World War which led to appropriation of global power to America.

And to me significant in considering the reining in of war was the heinous nuclear bombs. Touch America and look what we are prepared to do – even though the war against Japan was over.

America’s colonial wars continued to expand in the second half of the 20th century but Vietnam damaged the direction of their hawks because of the number of body bags that came home.

And perhaps the most devastated place for war was China in the 20th century, and since the end of that 20th century war in China there is now peace and developing prosperity with their trade globally being welcomed and replacing the exploitation of colonial and neo-colonial practices.

Following the nuclear bombs there has been the US Third World War as described by John Stockwell, but apart from Kashmir there have been few border skirmishes. Global war has been localised to war in the Middle East, and expansion from other countries appears to have ended for fear of exacting the extremism of US nuclear wrath.

So in this sense perhaps Yuval’s analysis could be seen as correct, the nuclear bomb and US hawks have reined in wars but at what cost to the democracy of so many peoples?

But to be fair to Yuval his quote “Yet at the dawn of the third millennium, humanity wakes up to an amazing realisation. Most people rarely think about it, but in the last few decades we have managed to rein in famine, plague and war” concerned famine, plague and war. Plagues have almost completely died out, plague is a global phenomenon now, a plague cannot be localised with global transportation and would affect the hegemony. Famine continued into the second half of the 20th century with famines caused in Africa by “cash-crop” neo-colonialism, but now famine just follows the wars where poverty and starvation follow the wars for profits.

So perhaps Yuval’s analysis that famine plague and war have been reined in has some merit but it is such distasteful reading when you consider the Muslim localisation of war.

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Something encouraged me to read Yuval Noah Harari, and I started with Homo Deus – perhaps I am more interested in tomorrow. And then I was horrified and couldn’t get past this “The same three problems preoccupied the people of twentieth-century China, of medieval India and of ancient Egypt. Famine, plague and war were always at the top of the list. …. Yet at the dawn of the third millennium, humanity wakes up to an amazing realisation. Most people rarely think about it, but in the last few decades we have managed to rein in famine, plague and war”.

I’m ashamed to say that my first reaction was to think that this man was Israeli, and that the lives in all the wars in Muslim countries don’t matter to Israel. But with clearer reflection he is writing for a western audience, and it is for the West that all the wars don’t matter. The moab – mother of all bombs – is dropped and Trump is described as presidential. Why? Because the deaths are not in America. Many times I read how Vietnam was a watershed because of the Americans who died – now there are a few soldiers, mercenaries who die, but the carnage of war is caused far away. And in the US they can say they have “managed to rein in famine, plague and war”.

But what the US has done is relocate war, the Wars for Profits do not kill Americans and so war has been “reined in”. Yet it still seems so strange to me that an Israeli can say wars have been reined in when in his part of the world there are the huge war casualties of Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and not far away Libya (and this does not include drones in Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan). To some extent I know of the propaganda within Israel but …. And of course the deaths are Muslim, and in any war such as the Arab-Israeli war propaganda dehumanises the enemy; Muslim deaths have to matter less in Israeli wars.

But Yuval’s book is for the western market. War has been reined in for the West because with the War on Terror Muslims have been dehumanised and their death toll appears to be discounted by those who can read about “reining in famine, plague and war”.

I have no idea as to figures but for Jews there has got to be a reduction in figures following the appalling holocaust. I can see that evaluation, and despite the ongoing invasion of Palestine there are much less Israeli deaths so he can be comfortable describing war as having been “reined in” – I just don’t know the figures or what he thinks.

I have no idea as to figures but I wonder if the death and destruction in the ongoing wars against Muslims in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen and Pakistan approaches that of the Second World War, that sort of figure would not be produced by western sources.

My reaction to Yuval’s comment is that wars have not been reined in but have been localised. There are fewer western deaths, the deaths are Muslim, western deaths have been reined in.

Because a western life and a Muslim life are not valued the same way – not just by Yuval (presumably) but by the West in general, western liberalism will continue to be able to say war has been reined in; liberals, even the right intellectuals attack all the wars.

I don’t know whether Yuval’s books are worth reading – I don’t know that I will get past this intro.

Will his investigation into tomorrow talk of the increasing blowback because that has to be inevitable? As an English person I am amazed that there are not more people saying America is exporting war to Europe. America bombs the Muslims, Muslims retaliate, and Europe is nearer. It is not only the immigrants who are nearer but also the reprisals. Why doesn’t NATO see that America’s wars are hurting Europe? But the West is the West and continues to benefit from war economy at the expense of Middle-Eastern Muslims so that truth will not be aired in western media.

I selfishly hope that the War against Muslims does not spread as there are more Muslims in my part of the world – Indonesia and Malaysia and Southern Thailand. Of course there is no oil there but in the end maybe the War on Terror will become an all-out war against Muslims.

When Bush first spoke of a War on Terror I knew it was a fabrication, I knew it was something that was designed for the MIC to replace the “Cold War” but then I did not see how they could fabricate such a change in the world. In just 16 years they have created the world the way it is now. There is such a heightened sense of violence, of fear, of racial hatred, it turns my stomach. What seemed preposterous has become demonically all-pervasive – Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Pakistan.

And yet Yuval war “has been reined in”.

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