REDIPUGLIA Italy (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Saturday the spate of conflicts around the globe today were effectively a “piecemeal” Third World War, condemning the arms trade and “plotters of terrorism” sowing death and destruction.
“Humanity needs to weep and this is the time to weep,” Francis said in the homily of a Mass during a visit to Italy’s largest war memorial, a large, Fascist-era monument where more than 100,000 soldiers who died in World War One are buried.
The pope began his brief visit to northern Italy by first praying in a nearby, separate cemetery for some 15,000 soldiers from five nations of the Austro-Hungarian empire which were on the losing side of the Great War that broke out 100 years ago.
The Scourge Of War: The Shameless Marketing of Violence
Of course, the departing President, the General and former Supreme Commander in the European theater during WWll chose his last speech as President to speak to the American citizens about what he considered the most important and threatening issue he was aware of. Could there have been or perhaps ever again be another insider so close to the issue he addressed? A more powerful warning could not have been made by anyone else. But Ike’s words were wasted on a supplicant citizenry then, today most American’s would not even remotely understand his meanings, yet alone the eloquence of his language.
Dumbed down to the lowest common denominator of our nation’s collective intelligence, we can now only respond to the cattle prods of our elites with a meek and docile, moo.
To watch an hour or two of Nat Geo, Discovery Channel, Arts and Entertainment, History, TLC, and even the Food Network is to believe the world is at war. Animals are at war. Families are at war. Cooks, bakers and brides are at war. Environmentalists are at war. Shippers and shoppers and crafts people are at war. Bands do battle. Bulbs do battle. Dips and books and babies do battle. Even cupcake makers are at war!
The promo for A&E’s Storage Wars, for example, features a handful of working class folks and retirees firing assault rifles, racing to do battle in armored Humvees, fast-lining from choppers and throwing flames while a baritone voiceover announces that “five soldiers of fortune” will “battle it out” with “their gloves off” in the biggest blockbuster of the season. The clip ends with the firebombing of a building as the combatants strut away in slow motion.
Food Network’s promo for Cupcake Wars features a sixty-something ex-marine named Bruce who tears his shirt off in the opening sequence, pumps a bit of iron, and announces that “there will be no prisoners” in the cupcake business and that “only the strong survive.” With a variation of the Star Wars theme underscoring the next sequence, Bruce goes to what he calls “the war zone,” where he empties 50-pound sacks of flour into industrial-sized mixers. In the final sequence, wearing a vintage WWII helmet, he claims to be “the general of the cupcake wars” and barks a final order at his hapless underling to “straighten out those damn cupcakes!”
And in what may well be the most absurd promotional advertisement of this kind, TLC’s Craft Wars host Tori Spelling strikes a classic James Bond pose with her glue-gun at the ready, while a contestant on the show exclaims, “this isn’t just crafting, this is war.” Glue-ya!
Will World War 3 Happen Soon? 53 Percent Of Chinese Say ‘Yes’
53 percent of respondents in China thought that China and Japan would have a shooting war in the next six years, which may inevitably lead to war on a world-wide scale. The poll highlighted the deep-rooted mistrust that exists between the two countries, and the pessimistic world view that could lead to World War 3.
The poll was jointly conducted by the China Daily and Japanese NGO Genron. Although the majority of Chinese respondents thought there’d be war by 2020, only 29 percent of Japanese felt that same way. Nevertheless, high feelings of mistrust existed on both sides. 93 percent of Japanese had a negative impression of the burgeoning Asian superpower, and 87 percent of Chinese felt the same way about Japan.
It’s a hatred that has run deep since World War 2.
In fact, China just recently marked the 69th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in the World War. The Chinese government has even declared it a national day, right as tensions continue to rise.
Japan isn’t helping matters much either. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been criticized as being “insensitive” after visiting the Yasukuni shrine in January. The shrine is dedicated to those who died in war, including convicted war criminals.
Most disturbing of all is the conflict over the Senkaku islands (known as the Diaoyu Islands in China and the Pinnacle Rocks in English-speaking countries.) The islands have been a potential flash-point, with both sides claiming ownership despite Japanese administrative control.
The U.S. has stated publicly that it would defend Japan over the islands, and is duty-bound to protect Japan if attacked. Since the end of the last World War, Japan has been one of America’s closest allies in Asia.
A situation that resembles the very first world war?
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