Letters to the Editor

Go to war, make a profit

We do not belong in the Middle East in anyone’s civil war. No one helped the USA in our Civil War and the reason for it was that there was not enough money to be made.

There were over 1 million casualties in the Civil War here (dead and wounded). That represented 3 percent of the U.S. population at the time. (Today that would be 9,900,000.)

Lincoln got a lot of credit for saving the Union, but the deaths were unnecessary. The South fought because their entire economy was based upon the assets the slaves represented. But no one had to die. The total value in dollars would have been $3.4 billion. So, the wealthy Northerners could have helped Lincoln by simply “buying them” and setting them free with “40 acres and a mule” as was reportedly proposed. Then, all we had to do was ban the import of more and enforce it. The South could have used the money for introduction of manufacturing into their economy and there would be no need for war.

Instead we chose to kill each other over a financial solution. Why do we still choose war over economic solutions? Because the war industries make a huge profit.

Joseph M. Reichert, Belleville