In The Art of War, Sun Tzu said that it’s impossible to win a war without a clearly defined objective: defeat and rule this nation, kill the ruler of that one, collect tax money from Phoenicians.
But how can there be a clearly defined objective of “victory” against an inanimate object, or a concept? The War on Drugs, the War on Terror — Sun Tzu would say that these are unwinnable by definition. They cannot be won, because there’s no objective standard for victory. He would say these are everlasting wars fought for the sake of war itself.
“War profits only the vultures,” and this world is never short of circling carrion birds. The military-industrial complex, the prison-industrial complex, people who make guns, helicopters, handcuffs, drones, missiles, spy satellites. The people who monitor and fire those weapons, and the politicians, nations and corporations that profit every time one is used. Ours is a world run by vultures, and we of all ideologies are only carrion in the waiting.
War, like peace, is not a state of being — it is a state of mind. War is a mindset that justifies any expenditure, any degree of brutality; it is a place in the human heart where no position of hatred is too extreme, no fear too absurd, and where the ends always justify the means. War is where we put the darkness within us, while it waits for an opportunity to rage to the surface on a fiery pillar of self-righteous anger. The war within us never ends…and some wars aren’t meant to.
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