Mike Haynes's article 'Facing Down the Evil Empire' (February SR) identifies the links between the motivation for military proliferation, the desire for war, and questions of global economics, particularly the rise of capitalism.
However, the possibility of future conflict in Iraq and elsewhere in the world is about more than US imperialism and western capitalism versus its rivals.
There is the daunting question of human nature itself which the author does touch on briefly. He makes the bold claim that human beings are not inherently warlike. This is open to debate and crucial to questions about human conflict. Beyond this there is the question of the clashing of religious and moral beliefs which have led to many conflicts, irrespective of global economic considerations.