Find a way to end suf­fer­ing

South Wales Evening Post - - LETTERS -

AT 11am to­mor­row, peo­ple across Bri­tain and the rest of the world will stand in si­lence to com­mem­o­rate the ar­mistice which brought an end to the First World War.

The trou­ble is, the First World War was sup­posed to have been “the war to end all wars”.

No-one is sure who ac­tu­ally came up with that slo­gan; but many peo­ple re­alised that it was a fu­tile as­pi­ra­tion any­way.

They were right. The First World War spawned the Sec­ond World War and countless oth­ers ever since. The point is that it is not in the in­ter­ests of the global arms in­dus­try to sue for peace: be­cause if global peace is ever achieved they’re out of busi­ness.

US Pres­i­dent Eisen­hower coined the phrase “the mil­i­tary-in­dus­trial com­plex” – im­ply­ing that if you take the mil­i­tary com­po­nent out of the global econ­omy it will be in dan­ger of col­lapse.

Isn’t it about time the wiser peo­ple in po­si­tions of power and in­flu­ence around the world put their heads to­gether to come up with a so­lu­tion to this co­nun­drum?

They need to – oth­er­wise the global arms in­dus­try will con­tinue to con­trol events, and peo­ple will con­tinue to suf­fer death, de­struc­tion and dis­ease on a mas­sive scale – com­pa­ra­ble to any of the suf­fer­ing that took place in the First World War. TONY YOUNG Pen­lan

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