By William Halpern
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Facing Down the Evil Empire

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Mike Haynes's article 'Facing Down the Evil Empire' (February SR) identifies the links between the motivation for military proliferation, the desire for war, and questions of global economics, particularly the rise of capitalism.
Issue 272

However, the possibility of future conflict in Iraq and elsewhere in the world is about more than US imperialism and western capitalism versus its rivals.

There is the daunting question of human nature itself which the author does touch on briefly. He makes the bold claim that human beings are not inherently warlike. This is open to debate and crucial to questions about human conflict. Beyond this there is the question of the clashing of religious and moral beliefs which have led to many conflicts, irrespective of global economic considerations.

These fundamental points about human nature and the inevitable clashing of cultures need to be considered alongside the purely political and economic issues. We might then get closer to the truth about the nature of war and the struggle to avoid it.

William Halpern
London

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