Pilgrim Pathways: Notes for a Diaspora People

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The Dangers of the Military Industrial Complex

Today, 17 January 2011, is the 50th Anniversary of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Farewell Address to the American people.  In it, he warned of the dangers of a foreign policy dominated by the military industrial complex.  He was not heeded and today we are more dominated by it than ever. Manufacturers of weapons and military-related hardware build pieces of items in every Congressional district in the nation so that it is almost impossible to vote to cancel even weapons the military doesn’t want.  “When all you have are hammers, every problem looks like a nail.”

Ike also warned that the military industrial complex sucked up money that could be used to solve poverty; he boldly called it theft from the poor and the hungry.  The biblical prophets had the same outlook which is why they dreamed of the conversion of instruments of war into farming tools.

We drastically need a national conversation, today, about Eisenhower’s warnings.  After all, the man who led the Allies to victory in World War II is owed a hearing on the dangers of overmilitarism, don’t you think?

January 17, 2011 - Posted by | Just Peacemaking, nationalism, peace

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