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"In matters of death, SPECTRE is strictly impartial."

Ferengi Rule of Acquisition Nr. 34: War is good for business.
Ferengi Rule of Acquisition Nr. 35: Peace is good for business.
Star Trek (Rules of Acquisition)

"Let's have a war
So
you can go and die
Let's have a war
We could all use the money
Let's have a war
We need the space
Let's have a war
Clean out this place"
Fear, "Let's Have a War"

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"You that never done nuthin'
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it's your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly"
Bob Dylan, "Masters of War"

Well, come on Wall Street, don't move slow,
Why man, this is war au-go-go.
There's plenty good money to be made
By supplying the Army with the tools of the trade,
Just hope and pray that if they drop the bomb,
They drop it on the Viet Cong.
Country Joe and the Fish, "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die-Rag"

Schindler and I are like peas in a pod! We're both factory owners. We both made shells for the Nazis. But mine worked, dammit!
Monty Burns, The Simpsons

"War is bad for trade — unless you're an arms merchant. HAHAHAHAHA!"
Par Lenor, Star Trek: The Next Generation ("The Perfect Mate")

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"War on an industrial scale is inevitable. They'll do it themselves within a few years; All I have to do is wait."
Professor Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

"Did you ever consider that I wanted both sides to lose? Bullets change governments far surer than votes. You're in the wrong place, my young friend; this is no place for amateurs."
Simeon Weisz, Lord of War

"News has arrived of an impending global war. The death of millions is a wonderful business opportunity."
Renon, Castlevania 64

"In the vast game of Darwinian musical chairs, whenever the music stopped there were large numbers of people without a seat—and some smartass had sold them guns.”
Daniel Suarez, Kill Decision

"Business ain't been the same since they shut down SOP. 'A clean break from the war economy.' HA! Well some of us liked that economy. How's an honest warmonger supposed to make a living?"

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"What about all the good things war has done for us? Why don't we ever hear speeches about that? Jobs, technology, a common purpose... All we're sayin' is... GIVE WAR A CHANCE!"

Commander Farej: Excellent. The plan worked like a charm, as you predicted. Not that he has any other options to choose from anyway. And when his forces become strong there will be a Civil War between the two factions. Of course, with Metal X right in the middle of the conflict, America will surely get involved.
Skull: And then it's only a matter of time before there's another world war.
Farej: Meaning a lot of business for us.
Skull: War is good for business. (Evil Laugh)
Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier, Episode 14

Real Life

“War is the health of the state.”
Randolph Bourne

"Liberty, as we all know, cannot flourish in a country that is permanently on a war footing, or even a near war footing. Permanent crisis justifies permanent control of everybody and everything by the agencies of central government."
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited

"War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives."
Major General Smedly Butler

“We had 10 years after the Cold War to build a new world order and yet we squandered them. The United States cannot tolerate anyone acting independently. Every US president has to have a war.”

"Thomas Jefferson once said: 'Of course the people don't want war. But the people can be brought to the bidding of their leader. All you have to do is tell them they're being attacked and denounce the pacifists for somehow a lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.' I think that was Jefferson. Oh wait. That was Hermann Goering. Shoot."
Jon Stewart hosting the Peabody Awards, June 6, 2006

"It was absurd nuances that propelled the war, invented historical wrongs, which, in the Middle East, stretched back to dubious accounts of ancient history...Because there was no real reason to fight, there was an urgent need to swiftly turn to senseless fratricide, one organized by criminals and third-rate political leaders for power and wealth, into an orgy of killing, torture, and mass execution...Ethnic warfare is a business, and the Mercedes and mansions of the warlords in Belgrade prove it."
Chris Hedges on The Yugoslav Wars, War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children."
President Dwight D. Eisenhower

"This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence – economic, political, even spiritual – is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."
—From the farewell address of President Dwight D. Eisenhower

"[Vietnam] only made billionaires out of millionaires. [Iraq] is making trillionaires out of billionaires. Now I call that progress."
Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without A Country

"So let me get this straight. We invade a country with oil... With oil, but gas costs more? That don’t make no fucking sense! Now I didn’t go to no fancy school or nothing, but I tell you this right now, if I invade Kentucky Fried Chicken, wings will be cheap at my house."
Chris Rock, Kill The Messenger


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