In one of the best Brian De Palma's movies, "Dressed to Kill" (1980), starring Angie Dickinson and Michael Caine, the mysterious murderer was specially dressed before murdering, wearing black glasses. What I remember most from this movie, is Dickinson in her finest moments, De Palma's neo-Hitchcock suspense, and title of the movie that for some reason impressed me. Apparently, I subsequently explain, why murders have a ritual and a protocol and the title was highlighting this process
by Makis Andronopoulos
"Dressed to Kill" came up in my mind's hard disk, as an "inspiration" of what is happening in Ukraine and in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Observing the repeat of the Yugoslavian drama, someone would say that in Ukraine the West is dressed to kill. Is this a chance for US and EU to escape from the monstrous bubble created by monetarism and neoliberalism that puts barriers against their need to grow as much as the want? Or, perhaps this was the only solution for West to escape from the social pressure that can bring undesirable overturns to the Western system?
Not only Americans, but Germans too declare that have surpassed their "heavy nazi past" and are willing to send troops abroad in "peace" missions, through their president Joachim Gauck. We all know that something is not right. Obviously everyone knows this, even those who hide behind great words for democracy, self-determination, etc.
As we know that the war in Iraq cost 3 billion dollars, we understand that wars must be cheaper for the big bosses to earn money faster, thus wars must be quicker and more efficient. The American military power must achieve these goals in order the US to retain their dominance.
According to CNBC, US have spent 682 billion dollars for defence in 2012, while the 10 countries following, have spent together 652 billion, (China 170, Russia 100, UK-Japan-France-Saudi Arabia 50-60 each, Germany and India nearly 40 and Italia-Brazil nearly 30 billion dollars). Thus, many were not surprised by the announcement of the US Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, for defence budget cuts.
The American DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), created in 1957 to contribute Pentagon with new weapons and technologies, seems that it has a significant role. The Agency is responsible for the global system position tracking, the famous M-16, unmanned aircrafts, Stealth fighters, etc. There are new projects for six new generation weapons*, like guided bullets and multiple target missiles launched by unmanned aircrafts of maximum height. According to some info, DARPA's Tactical Technology Office is concentrating on technologies for the compression and control of magnetism flow.
It's obvious that all these things are made to be used. Besides, they cost billions.
Article from the HotDoc printed edition, Issue 48, Mar. 2014