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The Art of Global Contempt: Endless War Gaming

The Art of Global Contempt: Endless War Gaming



All warring, global, regional, national and individual, requires intended contempt; contemptuousness so absolutely purposeful that it often takes decades of advanced planning. For example, the Armed Conflict Dataset makes very clear that war is intended to be non-stop:

 http://www.pcr.uu.se/digitalAssets/167/167200_version_history_v4-2013.pdf

Unending warring requires unending financing, personnel training, and thousands upon thousands of industries and suppliers to maintain global engagements and military bases. One training exercise in the U.S. alone costs millions and sometimes billions of dollars, dollars somehow always in endless supply. As such, a constant stream of enemy-building campaigns is required to milk trillions of dollars to pay for the economics of global warfare.

It is very evident that mass media is the enemy-building mechanism used to create non-stop contempt; no doubt the most successful propaganda power and tool ever conceived by humankind. On a personal level, I grew up watching the Vietnam War, the Cambodian and Laotian Wars on TV. The lessons were non-stop, but to get an even clearer picture of what it takes for the world to war without end, consider the following list of wars since 1900:

WARS SINCE 1900

Name and War Years: start/end

Syrian civil war 2011 – 2012

Libyan Civil War 2011 – 2012

Yemen vs Al-Quaeda 2009 – 2012

Kivu Conflict 2006 – 2012

Mexican Drug War 2006 – 2012

Southern Lebanon War 2006 – 2006

Waziristan conflict 2004 – 2012

Iraqi Insurgency 2003 – 2012

Iraq vs US led coalition 2003 – 2003

Al Quaeda vs USA and allies 2001 – 2012

Afghanistan war 2001 – 2012

Civil War in Côte d Ivoire 2000 – 2005

Eritrea vs Ethiopia 1998 – 2000

Guinea Bissau Coup 1998 – 1999

Yugoslavia vs NATO Forces and UCK Guerilla 1997 – 1999

Congo Brazzaville Civil War 1997 – 1999

Nepal Civil War 1996 – 2006

Democratic Rep of Congo vs Rebels 1996 – 2006

Russia vs Chechnyan Secessionists 1994 – 2007

North Yemen vs Secessionists 1994 – 1994

Tajikistan Govt vs Opposition 1992 – 1998

Bosnian Govt vs Serbian Insurgents 1992 – 1995

Iran vs rebel groups (MEK,PJAK etc) 1991 – 2011

Burundi vs Hutu Rebels 1991 – 2005

Sierra Leone Govt vs Rebels 1991 – 2002

Georgian Civil War 1991 – 1993

Croatia vs Serbian Irregulars, Rep. Krajina 1991 – 1992

Somalia Civil War 1990 – 2012

Rwanda Civil War (Hutus vs Tutsis)
1990 – 2012 527,145 [3]

Algeria Govt vs Islamic rebels, GIA, AIS, AQIM 1990 – 2005

First Gulf War 1990 – 1991

India vs Pakistan, Kashmir Dispute 1989 – 2012

Liberia Civil War 1989 – 2003

Indonesia Gvt vs Aceh Liberation movement 1989 – 2003

Nagorno-Karabakh War 1988 – 1994

South Yemen Coup 1986 – 1986

Indian Govt vs Punjab 1985 – 2000

Turkey Gov vs Kurdistan Guerilla (PPK) 1984 – 2012

Sudan Government vs Militias 1983 – 2012

Sri Lankan Govt vs Tamil Militants (LTTE) 1983 – 2009

Senegal Civil War 1982 – 2011

Iraq Government vs SCIRI 1982 – 2000

Falklands War 1982 – 1982

Nicaragua Govt vs Contras 1981 – 1990

Uganda Civil War 1980 – 2007

Peruvian Gvt vs Sendero Luminoso and MRTA 1980 – 1999

Iran vs Iraq 1980 – 1988

Iran vs Muhajedin e-Khalq 1979 – 2001

Cambodian Govt vs Khmer Rouge 1979 – 1998

El Salvador Gvt vs FMLN Guerrillas 1979 – 1992

Mozambique Govt vs Guerilla 1979 – 1992

Sino-Vietnamese War 1979 – 1988

Syrian Govt vs Muslim Brotherhood 1979 – 1982

Afghanistan Civil War 1978 – 2001

Rebels vs Ethiopian Government 1978 – 1991

Vietnam vs Cambodia (Kampuchea) 1978 – 1979

Nicaraguan Gvt vs Sandinistas 1978 – 1979

Uganda vs Tanzania 1978 – 1979

Iranian Revolution 1978 – 1979

Ethiopia vs Oromia rebels (OLF) 1977 – 2012

Chittagong Hill Tracts Conflict 1977 – 1997

Ethiopia vs Somalia 1977 – 1978

East Timorese Guerilla vs Indonesian Govt 1976 – 1999

Ethiopia vs Somali (Ogadeni) Rebels 1976 – 1983

Angolan Gvt vs UNITA Guerilla 1975 – 2000

Iraq vs Kurdistan (KDP/PUK) 1975 – 1996

Western Sahara War 1975 – 1991

Lebanese Civil War 1975 – 1990

Argentina: Civil War and Dirty War 1975 – 1983

Ethiopia vs Eritrea 1974 – 1991

Turko Cypriot War 1974 – 1974

Pakistani Govt vs Baluchi insurgents 1973 – 1977

Chilean Military Coup 1973 – 1973

Yom Kippur War 1973 – 1973

Philippines Govt vs Mindanao Guerilla 1971 – 2008

Sri Lanka Govt vs JVP 1971 – 1990

Bangladesh War 1971 – 1971

Philippine Government vs CPP Guerrilla 1969 – 2008

Northern Ireland, The Troubles 1969 – 1994

Israel vs Egypt 1969 – 1970

Football War Honduras vs El Salvador 1969 – 1969

Rhodesian Government vs ZANU,ZAPU,PF 1967 – 1979

Cambodian Civil War 1967 – 1975

Nigerian Civil War 1967 – 1970

The Six Day War 1967 – 1967

Chad Civil War 1966 – 2010

Namibia vs South Africa 1966 – 1988

Guatemalan Civil War 1965 – 1995

Indonesian annexation of West Papua 1965 – 1978

Vietnam War 1965 – 1975

Second Kashmir War 1965 – 1965

Dominican Republic Coup 1965 – 1965

Colombia Govt vs Guerillas Farc and ELN 1964 – 2012

Mozambique War of Independence 1964 – 1975

Sudan Government vs Insurgents 1963 – 1972

First Rwanda Civil War 1963 – 1964

Guinea Bissau War of Independence 1962 – 1974

North Yemen Civil War 1962 – 1970

Algerian Civil War 1962 – 1963

Sino-Indian War 1962 – 1962

Angolan War of Independence 1961 – 1975

Laos Civil War 1960 – 1973

First Kurdish–Iraqi War 1960 – 1970

Congo Crisis 1960 – 1965

Iraq Civil War 1959 – 1959

Second Taiwan Strait Crisis 1958 – 1958

First Lebanese War 1958 – 1958

PRRI and Permesta revolts in Indonesia 1957 – 1961

Cuban Revolution 1956 – 1959

Tibetan Rebellion 1956 – 1959

Soviet Invasion of Hungary 1956 – 1956

Sinai War 1956 – 1956

Vietnam Civil War 1955 – 1964

Cameroon War of Independence 1955 – 1960

Argentina, Army vs Peron 1955 – 1955

Algerian War of Independence 1954 – 1962

First Taiwan Strait Crisis 1954 – 1955

Moroccan War of Independence 1953 – 1956

Indonesian Govt vs Darul Islam 1953 – 1953

Kenya, Mau-Mau vs UK 1952 – 1956

Tunisian war of Independence 1952 – 1954

Bolivian Civil War 1952 – 1952

Korean War 1950 – 1953

Third Sino-Tibetan War 1950 – 1950

Indonesia vs Republic of South Moluccas 1950 – 1950

Israel vs Palestine 1948 – 2012

Burmese Government vs Guerillas 1948 – 2012

Burmese Govt vs Communist Guerilla 1948 – 1994

La Violencia 1948 – 1958

Malayan Civil War 1948 – 1957

Burman Rebellion 1948 – 1951

Cheju Rebellion in South Korea 1948 – 1949

Arab-Israeli War 1948 – 1949

Yemeni Imamate War 1948 – 1948

Costa Rican Coup 1948 – 1948

First Kashmir War 1947 – 1949

Madagascar Rebellion 1947 – 1948

Indian Partition Communal War 1947 – 1948

Civil War in Mandatory Palestine 1947 – 1948

Indo-Hyderabad War 1947 – 1948

Paraguayan Gvt vs Rebels 1947 – 1947

Taiwanese revolt 1947 – 1947

Philippines, Huk rebels vs Govt 1946 – 1954

First Indochina War Comm. vs France 1945 – 1954

Forest Brethren 1945 – 1951

Chinese Civil War 1945 – 1950

Ukrainian Revolts 1945 – 1947

Indonesian Independence 1945 – 1946

Greece Civil War 1944 – 1949

Franco-Thai War 1940 – 1941

World War II 1939 – 1945

The Winter War in Finland 1939 – 1940

The battle of Khalkhin Gol 1939 – 1939

Changkufeng Incident 1938 – 1938

Third Sino-Japanese War 1937 – 1941

Spanish Civil War 1936 – 1939

Second British-Waziristan 1936 – 1938

British-Palestinian War 1936 – 1936

Italo-Ethiopian War 1935 – 1936

Spanish Socialists vs Govt 1934 – 1934

Saudi-Yemeni War 1934 – 1934

Chaco War 1932 – 1935

El Salvador, La Mataza 1932 – 1932

Brazilian Revolt 1932 – 1932

Aprista Revolt in Peru 1932 – 1932

Xinjiang Muslim Revolt 1931 – 1934

Manchurian War 1931 – 1933

Communists vs Koumintang 1930 – 1935

Saya San’s Rebellion 1930 – 1932

The Yên Bái Uprising 1930 – 1931

Ikhwan Revolt 1929 – 1930

Kuomintang vs warlords 1929 – 1930

Sino-Soviet war 1929 – 1929

Escobar Rebellion 1929 – 1929

Second Afghan Anti-Reform War 1928 – 1929

The Cristero War 1926 – 1929

Northern Expedition 1926 – 1928

Druze revolt 1925 – 1927

Afghan rebels vs govt 1924 – 1925

Honduras Coup 1924 – 1924

Soviet-Turkestan War 1921 – 1923

India vs UK rebellion 1921 – 1922

Ireland freestaters vs Irregulars 1921 – 1922

Kronstadt Rebellion 1921 – 1921

Sansui (Senussi), Lybia vs Italy 1920 – 1932

Third Rif War 1920 – 1926

Blackshirts vs Leftists 1920 – 1922

Green Rebellion 1920 – 1921

Conquest of Mongolia 1920 – 1921

Iraq vs UK 1920 – 1921

Lithuanian-Polish War 1920 – 1920

Franco-Syrian war 1920 – 1920

Nejd-Hejaz Wars 1919 – 1925

Second Greco Turkish War 1919 – 1922

Turkish War of Independence 1919 – 1921

Polish-Soviet War 1919 – 1920

First British-Waziristan War 1919 – 1920

Hungary Civil War 1919 – 1920

Sparticist Rising 1919 – 1919

Hungarian–Romanian War of 1919 1919 – 1919

Third Anglo-Afghan War 1919 – 1919

Latvian Liberation 1918 – 1920

Caco Revolt 1918 – 1920

Estonian Liberation 1918 – 1920

Second Sino-Tibetan 1918 – 1918

Finnish Civil War 1918 – 1918

Russian Revolution 1917 – 1922

Russia-Turkestan 1916 – 1917

World War I 1914 – 1918

Bandits vs Chinas Govt 1914 – 1914

2nd Balkan War 1913 – 1913

Kuomintang vs Chinese Army 1913 – 1913

Moro Rebellion 1913 – 1913

1st Balkan War 1912 – 1913

Paraguay Coups 1911 – 1912

Italo-Turkish War 1911 – 1912

First Sino-Tibetan War 1911 – 1912

Cuba vs Patri do Indepentente 1911 – 1911

Chinese Revolution 1911 – 1911

Mexican Revolution 1910 – 1920

Asir-Yemen Revolt 1910 – 1911

French Conquest of Wadai Sultanate 1909 – 1911

The second Rif War 1909 – 1910

Iranian Constitution War 1908 – 1909

Dembos vs Portugal 1907 – 1910

Anti-Foreign Revolt 1907 – 1910

Japan-Korean Guerrillas 1907 – 1910

Morocco unrest 1907 – 1908

Romania 1907 – 1907

4th Central American war 1907 – 1907

Zulu Rebellion 1906 – 1906

Third Central American war 1906 – 1906

Sokoto Uprising 1906 – 1906

Russian Revolution 1905 1905 – 1906

Maji Maji revolt 1905 – 1906

Second Dutch-Achinese 1904 – 1907

Russo-Japanese war 1904 – 1905

Southwest African Revolt 1904 – 1905

Second Yemen Rebellion 1904 – 1904

Uruguay 1904 – 1904

Ilinden Uprising 1903 – 1903

Uprisings in Colonial Angola 1902 – 1904

The Boxer Revolt 1900 – 1900

Sino-Russian War 1900 – 1900

Somali rebellion 1899 – 1905

The War of a Thousand Days 1899 – 1903

Philippine insurrection 1899 – 1902

Second Boer war 1899 – 1902

 http://www.war-memorial.net/wars_all.asp

Consider why national economies are bankrupt. Consider the lives, mostly civilians, the material costs, the results to families and children, and then consider all the decades of insistent enemy-building in order to justify death as highlighted in the magnitude of this list. It is also obvious that war is intended for power, theft and wealth-building, else it would not be endlessly pursued by elites and their well-rewarded politicians. Equally interesting is to consider the propagandized contempt-building campaigns, targeting selected enemies, while never admitting to abject contempt for the impoverished, the elderly, the sick and starving, the wounded soldiers, women, and the disadvantaged and uneducated victims of for-profit wars.

How sad that people worldwide are so anxious to jump on the contempt and hatred bandwagons. I guess people love to be told who to hate considering the alternative of thinking for themselves, and they apparently really, really enjoy war. Dodging drones must really be like playing a game.

As you mull over this list of which you were clueless, consider that “terrorism” is the current call to contempt though, clearly, that call never ceases. It just changes names with the decades. And one more thing, war is always, endlessly justified…right.

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