Who would benefit from Russia’s entry into the war against Ukraine?
Indeed, a common commercial practice after wars is to increase the marketing of any weapon used in the conflict. For this, the Falklands-Malvinas war provides another example. The Royal Navy’s primary long-range air defense missile was the Sea Dart. It was credited with the destruction of eight aircraft in the Falklands, and shortly after the war its makers, British Aerospace, modified the standard Sea Dart advertisement in military journals to simply stamp it “COMBAT PROVEN”.
For some reason the ad omitted one aspect of the missile’s performance. Towards the end of the war, a Sea Dart missile fired from a Royal Navy destroyer mistakenly shot down an Army Air Corps Gazelle helicopter, killing the two crew members and two Army communications specialists . The news was communicated to crews across the task force within 24 hours, but it took several months before the MoD publicly acknowledged the loss.
Back to the Ukrainian crisis. Even now war is far from inevitable and there are excellent analyzes available that point us in other directions, Joseph Gerson’s Common Security Approach, just published by the International Bureau of peace, is a particularly good example.
The problem is that the very large armies of the world, when in direct opposition, are likely to have lives of their own. Between them, NATO and Russia are responsible for more than half of the annual global military budget of $2,000,000,000. Apart from anything else, these armies are massive bureaucracies, with one basic requirement to survive and thrive – and in doing so they need huge funding, which they in turn pour into arms companies. The whole structure is creating tremendous momentum which is currently being further compounded by the need in several states, notably the UK and Russia itself, to divert attention from domestic politics.
The war-promoting Hydras aren’t going away anytime soon, and they play a far bigger role in the Ukraine crisis than is generally acknowledged. Any understanding of the crisis simply has to take this into account, along with everything else, it’s a matter of business: the business of war.