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    Quote Originally Posted by Within View Post
    Someone have to shoulder the responsibility of keeping the barbaric hordes at bay.



    There is only the Emperor, and he is our shield and protector.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hymns of the Ecclesiarchy
    They will be my finest warriors, these men who give themselves to me. Like clay shall I mould them, and in the furnace of war shall I forge them. They will be of iron will and steely muscle. In great armour shall I clad them and with the mightiest guns shall they be armed. They will be untouched by plague, or disease, no sickness shall blight them. They will have tactics, strategies, and machines such that no foe can best them in battle. They are my bulwark against the Terror. They are the Defenders of Humanity. They are my Space Marines, and they shall know no fear.


    The Answer to the OP: Reality is as strange as fiction.
    • Enforcing Doctrines
    • Enforcing Agreements
    • Power Projection
    • Inertia
    • Reduced Unemployment
    • Financial Benefit
    • And other stories


    It's the old story about the undercurrent of belligerence that is fed both by the axioms we are taught and our very human natures we pretend not to enjoy across the world rolled up into a larger scale.

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    When I smile, tell me some bad news
    Before I laugh and act like a fool

    If I swallow anything evil
    Put your finger down my throat
    If I shiver, please give me a blanket
    Keep me warm, let me wear your coat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giggly View Post
    I do not see this. What kind of business plan? What is the business plan for?


    Surely, it costs us more money than it makes?


    I can see this. Pride. A battle of pride would be the hardest to end though!



    Yeah I think this connects well with the above pride example.



    I don't really see the U.S. and its allies as religious zealots. I don't believe we are fighting this war over religion.
    the business is for making money, and it costs the tax payer more than it makes. it hardly costs the politicians and the arms dealers a thing
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    Why do you think China is investing so heavily in (natural resource rich) Africa?

    I'll guarantee you it isn't out of altruism.
    Wait, what?

    Better go tell the others.

    The reason why the U.S. is fighting this war is the same reason why Bloods fight Crips.

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    Surely, it costs us more money than it makes?
    It costs us a ton, yes. But you can bet there are people somewhere making a killing off of this.

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    Despite not being very politically savvy, I like Stephen Colbert's theory: following the Holmesian axiom, if the USA didn't go to the war for reason X, nor Y, nor Z, it stands to reason that it never went to war in the first place.

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    I don't see the point of these wars.
    Let's just stop them.
    Hearing the story of yet another young person getting killed... for what???... is very distressing.
    I can't listen to that anymore.
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    Because "we're" idiots who bite off more than we can chew and unable to admit when we're wrong.

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    Casualties will grow, but the spice will flow........

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    Who are 'we'? I'm not fighting in the middle east, and I doubt that no one here is either...
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    Men, all this stuff you've heard about America not wanting to fight, wanting to stay out of the war, is a lot of horse dung. Americans traditionally love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle. When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, big league ball players, the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost, and will never lose a war... because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans.
    It's a cultural thing. We all have our quirks.

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