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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol. 36, No 11 May 30th, 1973

Wars as "Markets"

Wars as "Markets"

"Markets" have also changed in nature. Exports of arms from imperialist countries to the developing ones have increased and may have diverted interest from ordinary manufacturers, such as textiles. This may lead to interesting contradictions among western ruling groups.

A special aspect of these Third World "markets" also appears in wars themselves — Vietnam today, tomorrow another. These wars call for such colossal supplies of arms and other products of key industries that they often obliterate other economic interests. It is not important that these supplies to "invaded" or "assisted" countries are paid for by an imperialist country itself. For these politically powerful industries, the continuation of a war is more profitable than any peaceful solution, including military victory. This partly explains the apparently irrational conduct of the Indo-China war under Nixon.