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In both sited cases the war had already started.
There was no benefit to starting the war.

Sure, but there was a benefit to the Greeks in fighting to keep the Persians out. Mish, if you write a blog about this you will need to differentiate between spending for a military and spending for a war. They are two different things, and both come under the heading of (sometimes) necessary evil.

There is, and always has been, a lot of bad mojo in the world.

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