Man is still persuaded by the use of propaganda, the most up to date advertising, the glamour of entertainment to the bulk of the public, to initiate the vulnerable into fighting selfish wars that only benefit the few.
Because arms trading is one of the most profitable businesses in the world, making 1.7 Trillion pounds in sales. You can clearly see that war won’t stop anytime soon, it’s making too much profit. Especially when arms companies are very closely aligned with the governments.
As young men and women keep dying in foreign lands, they don’t know that “War is a business” – Sir Denis William Brogan: was a professor of political science in Cambridge.
Some of the world’s most famous men have opposed the arms trade and the horrific debt: Leon Trotsky, George Seldes. While other have profited handsomely from it only interested in how much they can gain: Basil Zaharoff, Bernadino Nogara.
Avro Manhattan wrote “Had not the first World War turned out to be American big business’s real paradise? It had made no fewer than 23,000 American millionaire or multi-millionaires” – The Dollar and the Vatican (pg.61).
Many are worried that German companies like Mercedes-Benz, Siemens and BMW supported the Nazi’s. Alfred Ernst Christian Alexander Hugenberg (19 June 1865 – 12 March 1951) was an influential German businessman and politician. A leading figure in nationalist politics in Germany for the first few decades of the twentieth century, he became the country's leading media proprietor during the inter-war period. As leader of the German National People's Party, he was instrumental in helping Adolf Hitler become Chancellor of Germany and served in his first cabinet.
Hitler’s biggest domestic gain was from Fritz Thyssen, a businessman and industrialist who documented how the chief bankers backed Hitler in the war. But it was the United States who really elevated the Nazi’s via Wall Street.
In a book documented from the Nuremberg files ‘Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler’ by Antony C Sutton, he talks about how Wall Street bankers backed Germany. By pumping millions into the German economy where Hitler’s financial genius, Hjalmar Horace Greeley Schacht, head of the Reich Bank was a link between Wall Street and Hitler’s inner circle.
Walter Clarke Teagle CEO of United States Standard Oil, and German-born godfather of the Federal Reserve Bank Paul Warburg were both on the board of United States subsidiary of German Chemical Company IG Farben.
ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph) CEO, Sosthenes Behn provided the Nazi’s with electronics as well as built their bombs. Behn guaranteed that ITT would substantially increase its payments to the Gestapo through the Circle of Friends. A special board of trustees was set up by the German government to cooperate with Behn and his thirty thousand staff in Occupied Europe.
Nazi’s Jeeps, Planes, and ships had the synthetic rubber and fuel supplied by the United States Standard Oil, during the WWII. Standard Oil was one quarter owned (controlling interest) by the Rockefeller family.
Henry Ford was also sponsoring Hitler, in 1938, Ford received the Grand Cross of the German Eagle, the most important honour that Germany might offer a non-citizen. He received the award -- a golden Maltese cross embraced by four swastikas for his assistance to the Early Nazi Party. This has been confirmed in the British newspaper ‘The Daily Mirror’. Henry Ford was the Nazi’s biggest foreign donor.
Alfred P Sloan CEO of General Motors. Gerard Swopes CEO of General Motors. Germany could not have attempted its September 1939 Blitzkrieg of Poland without the performance-boosting additive technology provided by Alfred P. Sloan and General Motors. During the war, GM's Opel Brandenburg facilities produced bombers JU-88, trucks, land mines and torpedo detonators for Nazi Germany.
Thomas j Watson founding CEO of IBM did business with and supported Hitler. Watson of IMB was a devout follower of Hitler, Thomas J. Watson had supplied his punch cards computer and IBM technicians to the Nazi’s for use in the death camps. Tattoos on camp victims were IMB human identification numbers, which fed into the computers.
If Adolph Hitler was the evilest man of the 20th Century, it was only possible because of all the United States companies who backed him.
Earth is a planet at war, and to a large extent this is a consequence of the legal and illicit sale of arms – The No-Nonsense guide to the arms trade by Gideon Burrows (pg.28).
An English journalist Matthew Alford wrote a book called ‘Real Power’ detailing how Hollywood has an airtight relationship with the Pentagon. Many people have praised the film ‘Lord of War’ for its awareness of the profit-producing arms that destroys innocent lives each and every day. There were over 550 million firearms in worldwide circulation that’s one firearm for every twelve people on the planet.
Jerry Bruckheimer has had a close relationship with the Pentagon since 1986, along with director Ridley Scott. They were provided with real soldiers and helicopters, in the war that United States lost in Somalia, for the film ‘Black Hawk Down’ as long as the American soldiers were portrayed as heroes. The first premiere was overlooked By Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz.
Other media corporation also play their role in war. ABC-Disney bought Pixar in 2006 and 2012 George Lucas signed the rights to Star Wars over to ABC-Disney so they will produce more war films in the future. ABC-Disney also bought Marvel Comics in 2009. One of Marvels most successful franchises is the ‘Ironman’ series. Robert Downey Jnr said in an interview on 3rd August 2008, that he was working for the Department of Defence.
A Malaysian court has declared former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Former US President George Bush are guilty of war crimes. As well as fabricating pretexts used to justify the attack. The seven-member Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal featured an American law professor as one of its chief prosecutors. Bush and Blair both ignored the summons sent to them and thus were tried in absentia.
Hollywood actors all play a part in promoting Hollywood and the Pentagon’s need for endless war and the promotion of the arms trade. None of them protest the messages sent out by these films, however, they are the first people to promote animal cruelty or other little causes.
While America cries over school shooting, they don’t give a thought to the millions of babies killed in their Middle East wars. Nor do they give a thought to the thousands of Palestinian children gunned down by Israeli soldiers.
Every year about 100 billion dollars’ worth of weapons are traded around the world. 12 billion bullets are produced annually. 800 million small arms weapons are in circulation worldwide.
SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) Reported that arms sales were down 5% worldwide in 2011. However, there were arms companies where they didn’t have any data. China was also not included in the figures and they are one of the world’s leading arms sellers.
Sales of Weapons and Military Services were $410 Billion in 2011. There was a growth of 8 percent in 2009 and 1 percent in 2010. Weapons sales by top 100 arms makers were up 51 percent since 2002. 44 of The United States based arms producers accounted for 60 percent of the top 100 sales. The world military expenditure in 2011 was estimated at 1.7 Trillion dollars. The United States military spending accounted for 41 percent of the world’s total spending in 2011.
The following is a list of the top nine weapons manufactures in the world in 2013 it does not include Chinese weapons sellers. As of 2016 the same nine companies still head this list however their incomes are not available:
1. Lockheed Martin, U.S.A. - Annual weapons sales: $35.49 billion. The world’s most powerful weapons manufacturer goes to Lockheed Martin. It receives 74% of its revenue from producing military equipment. It created the famed F-22 Raptor fighter jet, one of the world’s most advanced stealth fighter jets available.
2. Boeing, U.S.A. - Annual weapons sales: $30.70 billion. In addition to producing commercial airliners, Boeing gets 45% of its income from producing military jets and weapons. It produces various lines of unmanned striker drones and attack aircrafts.
3. BAE Systems, U.K. - Annual weapons sales: $26.82 billion. It manufactures the M777 howitzer, an ultra-lightweight field artillery.
4. Raytheon, U.S.A. - Annual weapons sales: $21.95 billion. Is the world’s largest producer of guided missiles, including the popular Patriots Missiles. It played a crucial role in convincing the U.S. government in developing the atomic weapons. In October 2014, Raytheon won a $1 billion contract to produce long-ranged radar for the U.S. Air Force.
5. Northrop Grumman, U.S.A. - Annual weapons sales: $20.2 billion. It produces surveillance and electronic warfare equipments. It also manufactures the B-2 Spirit strategic bomber.
6. General Dynamics, U.S.A - Annual weapons sales: $18.66 billion. General dynamics produces the Western world’s most-popular jet fighter: the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
7. Airbus Group, European Union - Annual weapons sales: $15.74 billion. It is the world’s largest supplier of helicopters, but also manufactures transport and mission aircraft. The company has been under controversy because it manufacturers cluster bombs and related components.
8. United Technologies Corporation, USA - Annual weapons sales: $11.9 billion IN 2013. UTC specializes in missile systems and military helicopters. It’s most well-known product is the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter.
9. Finmeccanica, Italy - Annual weapons sales: $10.56 billion. According to a series of emails leaked by WikiLeaks, Finmeccanica supplied mobile communications equipments to the Syrian government during the 2011 uprising.
The bulk of arms companies are in the United States and Europe. Sales to developed countries were decreasing while those to developing countries are increasing. There was big money in selling to developing countries then providing training in how to use the arms and contracting countries too long-term trade agreements.
Saudi Arabia is the world’s biggest arms buyer. Spending rose 54 percent to 6.5 billion in 2014. Saudi Arabia is a supporter of many terrorist groups in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria and many of the weapon they by end up in these groups’ hands.
The United States are the main seller of arms to Saudi Arabia. They know that Saudi Arabia is a supporter of the rebel factions in other countries where the US is fighting, so the US end up fighting against rebels who have American made weapons. The US is aware of the gun sales in Saudi Arabia so they are arming the very people they are fighting. Saudi Arabia is arming ISIS. The American government knows this.
The Pope at the Vatican, the Holy See denounced the leaders of the industry of being greedy tyrants, profiting from other people’s deaths. This is a real contradiction given that the Vatican has investments in most if not all weapons manufacturers.
(Arms trade exposed a deadly industry, Inside Story / The shift in global arms trade, Saudi Arabia is the world’s biggest arms importer / bitofnews.com / salon.com / YouTube)