Military engagement and warfare are as central to the process of Globalization as they are inevitable: Global Militarization, the old way, has expired, and Military Globalization, the new means, is a reality.
While the Western bourgeoisie (European and North American), have come to appreciate internecine warfare within its own realm as impious, destructive, and unconscionable; far more importantly, their political leaders from a policy standpoint see warfare within the Western Hemisphere as presently unnecessary.
World War II was the final gasp in the life of European nationhood. The primitive boundaries of groups and peoples, the old demarcation lines, the autonomous interests all dissolved into the cesspool of carnage. The memorial dirge to the many millions of European lives lost to the catastrophic struggle also marked the sounding of the New World Order trumpet.
The trenchant disagreements over how Europe would be brought under one Order was the historical process of Globalization: it was visibly the struggle of Napoleon, of Hitler, to impose upon one continent a supreme and overarching diktat.
However, far less known and least understood, it was also a struggle against Napoleon, and against Hitler: a struggle orchestrated by the designs of Maximilien Robespierre, Baron Rothschild, Cecil Rhodes; men of the British East India Company, and the Anglo-American bankers who marshaled the armies of the British Empire and its willing surrogates for over two and a half centuries till 1945.
At a more tangible level it is popularly seen as the battle between three sophisticated ideas striving towards Global dominion: National Socialism, so called Marxist Communism, and so called Democratic Capitalism.
National Socialism and Military/Biological Fascism was defeated by the joint might of the Communist/Capitalist unity, ending with it the troublesome clash of opinions that had harassed, rebelled, and militated against the idea of doctrinal European Unity.
The legacy of individual expansion goals of European Nation-States both within and outside Europe posed constant barriers to the aspirations of an integrated free market, coordinated economies, and central leadership roles; in other words, a threat to Globalization from top-down from a single Pan-Continental authority.
True to Prussian military strategist Von Klausewitz’s time-tested adage, ‘Diplomacy is continuation of war by other means’, wars irrespective of military or non-military approach, are being fought, and will be until the insatiable and complete ambition of a single powerful and integrated coordinated body is allowed to cast a Global dominion, making physical wars on the traditional European scale, untenable, and fundamentally unnecessary for the entire World.
The consolidation of Europe and North America on common grounds, common markets, and shared identities, herald a successful sojourn towards the fulfillment of that aim on a Global scale.
Percolation of information, commodification of labor, breaking down of traditional identities and identifying traditions through systematic liberalization, promoting integration, not merely racial, but also subconscious and technological of vast masses of people, would cause intellectual and ideological discomfort and disdain to many nations, mostly second world; and agitations and uprisings in labor communities in the third world.
Many wars, such as the war in Iraq will be fought, as individual nations across the globe go through an accelerated, tightly determined (as was the case with Germany towards the end of 1943 by so called ‘Allied’ policymakers) consequences. There would be many casualties before the transformation is complete, and that transformation may never be complete; but it is most certain that today, in the 21st. century, we are living in an era of a Military Globalization: one Global Order exercising its military might to accelerate the change-process; whereas, in the early days (1815-1945), the approach had been Global militarization involving militarily powerful and ideologically forceful disagreements.
Today, in the era of Military Globalization, while the ideologies confronting the architects of transformation would be initially strident, the inequality in power between the New World hegemon and the hegemonized would ensure that there would not in this era be a Global Militarization.
As time goes by, the world at large, as in Iraq, would grow increasingly less tolerant of opposition, and accept the perceived fruits of Globalization (free trade, entrepreneurship, consumerism) instead of oppose it.
“A good plan violently executed today is better than a perfect plan executed tomorrow.”~George S. Patton
“The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious.”
“All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.”~Sun Tzu, the Art of War