1. Hello Tom, yes you are correct you have described the function of any country that is dictatorial and communist. In communist countries it is the people by the government and the communist government controls the resources, production and distribution of the country’s wealth, land etc. Also when governed by communism there is no acceptance of differences of opinions, this as history shows creates a society stagnating under brutal police state controls.
    In a capitalist country such as the United States the resources and production are supposed to remain with the private sector and acceptance of differences of opinion create debate and change for the better. Also what made the US great is limited government and limited by a republic form of government controlled by law and that law that is supposed to control the power and size of this government is written in the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights. These documents are what define the U.S. and are what make these invasions and occupations illegal. By the people neither understanding nor even reading the definition of their own country has created a situation of the greatest nation on earth being dissolved before our very eyes by an enemy within.
    You mentioned Sun Tsu, I have studied “The Art of War” here is one of my favorite quotes-
    “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
    - Sun Tzu

  2. OK, War may be illegal, but the first and foremost function of your (any country) is to ensure the standard of living and way of living for your citizens. The rest of the people (who are not citizens of your country) be damned. As a race we have not evolved to either a point where we can accept one government nor can we even accept differences of opinions nor an equitable share of our limited resources without the threat of war. It is simply politics (the word we use to define the agreement a group of people use to define how they will interact within their society) taken to its most extreme. Accept this, work to find ways around going to war ( I suggest Sun Tsu), then you will begin to make the difference you are pining for.

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