BBC news story “Trump urges NATO members to double military funding target” – Link.
Currently, NATO members are required to give 2% of the entire country’s Gross Domestic Product to the arms industry, with the non-democratic body NATO dictating what they have to spend it on. This is so NATO can defend Western Europe from a Soviet invasion by the Warsaw Pact. That’s the Warsaw pact that was dissolved in 1991, some 27 years ago.
That means the arms industry is given, each year, the entire productivity of much of Europe and the USA and other countries for one week. We don’t do this for education, health, homelessness or all manner of socially good things – just the means to kill people.
But now President Trump wants that doubled – doubled! – to 4%. He says one 25th of all production in every sector of society should be given to the arms industry.
The Cold War ended over half my life ago. Why are we still funding it at all?
Why should we cut health provision, housing, education, social welfare or anything else to pay for the tools and means to kill people? It is insane.
Unless he’s a puppet of the arms industry. Happy to take their money and doesn’t care what the cost will be to the world.
It was this kind of uplifting of military expenditure prior to the Great War that, arguably, helped lead to it occur.