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The Iron Mountain Report: The justification for 47 years of war?

Issues addressed included: -- the notion that the "basic authority of a modern state over its people resides in its war powers;" -- world peace would cause "unparalleled and revolutionary" social structure changes; -- disarmament's economic impact; -- far-reaching "political, sociological, cultural, and ecological changes," and two broad questions pertaining to: -- expectations if peace comes; and -- policies to follow if it does. Other issues included: -- the "real functions of war in modern societies" beyond defending the national interest; -- without war, "what other institutions exist or might be devised to fulfill these functions;" -- the possibility of abolishing war; -- the desirability and repercussions of doing it; and -- possible social system improvements from war-readiness. Doe hoped for public discussions about "the elements of war and the problems for peace." None followed. Wars persist, and so do Report notions like: Wars are an economic, political and ecological necessity, important to continue indefinitely. Peace "would almost certainly not be in the best interest of (a) stable society" and might be "catastrophic."

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