The demolition of the 100-year-old Wellington building in Albany, New York on August 23, 2014 is a fitting example of how it's all a show and we are the cheering or disgusted audience, depending on one's perspective.
In Gaza, a building demolition doesn't take a tremendous amount of preparation, unless you count the stolen tax dollars for the war machine's factories and the logistics of getting the missiles from the US to Israel.
"Phase by phase these ill-adapted governments are becoming uncontrolled absolutisms; they are killing that free play of the individual mind which is the preservative of human efficiency and happiness
A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not stake their own..
I believe that the crazy combative patriotism that plainly threatens to destroy civilisation to-day is very largely begotten by the schoolmaster and the schoolmistress in their history lessons. They take the growing mind at a naturally barbaric phase and they inflame and fix its barbarism.
The professional military mind is by necessity an inferior and unimaginative mind; no man of high intellectual quality would willingly imprison his gifts in such a calling.
We do not want dictators, we do not want oligarchic parties or class rule, we want a widespread world intelligence conscious of itself. To work out a way to that world brain organization is therefore our primary need in this age of imperative construction.
The crisis of yesterday is the joke of tomorrow."