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War; The Answer to a Global Crisis?
by Marc; March 30, 2009



Was he just a crazy old man? Read Marc's piece to find out!


“What do you think it is that we need in order to be saved from this Global Financial Crisis?” asked the old man while we were waiting for the bus.

“We need something like the invention of fire, or maybe a technology that will surpass the abilities of the computer,” I replied.

“Yes, something like that can save us, but kid, Einstein has been dead for a long time,” he said laughing. “But, you know what? The only thing that can change the world right now as it is, and make every country powerful and stable is the big three letter word—WAR!”

“War?” I asked, wondering how could it change the world.

“Huh! You know what kid, war saved the Americans from the Great Depression in back in World War I and in World War II and it sure can save them again in a World War III. War is Business; War is Money.”

I honestly do not know how war saved the economic and financial stability of America. I don’t know how they make money from it. Maybe from the natural resources of the country they’d occupy, such as oil depots? Or , maybe by selling war weapons and machines? Or, maybe how they used the local force of the country, their army, and their entire manpower for their own benefit, just like what they did to the Filipinos in World War II when they fought with the Japanese forces? I wouldn’t know; I’m not American. But there is one thing I know— another World War must not be allowed to happen.

“If War would arise in the middle of a crisis, countries will surely fall for it. Once again countries will side with one another and will start forming alliances. The thing is, it is going to be catastrophic.

The modern war would be mass destruction, nuclear weapons and bio-chemicals like, let’s say, maybe, anthrax will be used and, as we all know, these weapons can easily wipe out a large part of the world’s human population, fields, water resources and other living organisms .”

“Good answer kid,” he said while tapping my shoulder, as if he was telling me that I’d guessed what was on his mind. “But, they all have got to happen. In order for things and lives to be restored, things and lives have to be destroyed. In order for us to reach a successful future, we have to overcome an unforgettable past.”

“How can you say that? Are you crazy? Even you and your loved ones may die in this war, and you still think that it is the right thing to do? And how could someone possibly move on after series of nuclear and bio-chemical attacks all over the globe?”

 "I will tell you exactly how it will end. The weak countries and their people would vanish from the face of the earth, and all that will remain from them is their wretched, value-less soil and maybe, just maybe, a few survivors with mental or physical deficiencies. In the end, only the strong will survive. The power would be in the hands of the remaining nations.”

“That is surely one of the craziest things I’ve ever heard, next to the Bible’s Book of Revelations.”

“Like I said kid, they’re all written and have to be fulfilled,” the old man said, as if he had already lived in the future. “ Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Do you have two dollars? I have no money for the bus fare.”

I gave him a dollar.

“Thanks kiddo! May God Bless You!” He said while running away, going towards the group of people getting off the bus on the opposite side of the street.

And just like that, our conversation ended.