Now wars and disaster responses are so fully privatized that they are themselves the new market; there is no need to wait until after the war for the boom -- the medium is the message.
One distinct advantage of this postmodern approach is that in market terms, it cannot fail. As a market analyst remarked of a particularly good quarter for the earnings of the energy company Halliburton, "Iraq was better than expected." That was in October 2006, then the most violent month of the war on record, with 3,709 Iraqi civilian casualties. Still, a few shareholders could fail to be impressed by a war that had generated $20 billion in revenues for this one company.
The Shock Doctrine, The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
-- Naomi Klein