War and Famine: America’s War on Terror and the Wasting of Our Democracy

Source: TomDispatch
by Andrea Mazzarino

“Many war stories end with hunger wreaking havoc on significant portions of a population. In Christian theology, the Biblical ‘four horses of the apocalypse,’ believed by many in early modern Europe to presage the end of the world, symbolized invasion, armed conflict, and famine followed by death. They suggest the degree to which people have long recognized how violence causes starvation. Armed conflict disrupts food supplies as warring factions divert resources to arms production and their militaries while destroying the kinds of infrastructure that enable societies to feed themselves. Governments, too, sometimes use starvation as a weapon of war.” (07/07/24)