Defence Spending

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“Peace! Are you mad? We don’t want peace.”
“But surely, as military, we’re in the firing line, should we go to war.”
“Well yes but we don’t let it get that far. We threaten them; they threaten us. A bit of sabre-rattling never did any harm.”
“That’s a chain-reaction that could escalate. What’s the point?”
“The point is, young man, that we need to grind as much revenue from the public purse as possible to line our pockets. The more the public feel threatened by the hoards at their borders, the more they give to us: it’s very simple.”
“That’s rotten!”

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About micklively

Fifty-something, pacifist, six sigma black belt, lean implementer, brewer, vintner, guitarist, wood-turner, and slave to collies.
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26 Responses to Defence Spending

  1. rgayer55 says:

    Fear is a great control tool. Almost as powerful as hate. Very realistic, Mick.

  2. The young man won’t see promotion for a while. But he’s right.

  3. Margaret says:

    Always keep the public afraid of some external threat – many a dictator has followed that philosophy, and many a democratically elected politician, too. Nice dialogue.

  4. gahlearner says:

    Chain-rattling like that happens far too often, and sometimes backfires. Great take on the prompt.

  5. Nice bit of reality. The dialogue worked well.

  6. I love how few words you used…like you placed them down with tweezers. Not easy Mick to be compelling so briefly 🙂

  7. plaridel says:

    blame it on the military-industrial complex.

  8. Amy Reese says:

    A bit of realistic fiction today, I see. Nice dialogue. Good one for the prompt, Mick!

  9. Your last line bears repeating! That sure is rotten and it’s true. 😐

  10. draliman says:

    Couldn’t be more true. Nice bit of dialogue!

  11. Lynn says:

    How very true, Mick.
    Love the pic too 🙂

  12. Dear Mick,

    Business is business, isn’t it? Well done.



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