Remember President Eisenhower...and others

US President Eisenhower, speaking in 1961

In the council of governments, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

William Hartung

Director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy in the US
Excerpt from “Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the making of the military-industrial complex”, Nation Books, 2011/2012, page 270

Lockheed Martin’s campaign to scare us [the US] into spending more on defense is a work in progress.  Its success or failure will have a major impact on how our tax dollars are spent, including how much left we have to pay for health care, education, roads and bridges and other basic public investments.  But it’s about more than just money.  It’s about who has power over the most fundamental decisions facing us as a society, from war and peace to the health of our democracy. We need to rein in Lockheed Martin and its cohorts in the military-industrial complex so that other voices can be heard in the effort to create a fair budget and maintain a genuine democracy.

Dr Douglas Newton

Historian, author of “Hell-Bent: Australia’s Leap into the Great War”
Excerpt from paper written for MAPW, “The war profiteers in World War 1”

When the war [WW1] ended, Sir Edward Grey, the British Foreign Secretary in 1914, looked back in his memoirs at the whole sorry record of vast armaments that failed to deter war or achieve security. He concluded: ‘The moral is obvious: it is that great armaments lead inevitably to war.

Andrew Feinstein

Author, former South African member of parliament
Excerpt from “The Shadow World - Inside the Global Arms Trade”
(Penguin Books, 2012)

The arms trade - an intricate web of networks between government and commerce - often makes us poorer, not richer, less not more safe, and governed not in our own interests but for the benefit of a small, self-serving elite, protected by the secrecy of national security.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

Speaking on 30 August 2012

Massive military spending and new investments in modernizing nuclear weapons have left the world over-armed -- and peace under-funded.

Last year, global military spending reportedly exceeded $1.7 trillion – more than $4.6 billion a day, which alone is almost twice the UN's budget for an entire year. This largesse includes billions more for modernizing nuclear arsenals decades into the future.…..

No development, no peace. No disarmament, no security. Yet when both advance, the world advances, with increased security and prosperity for all.