Hi, I'm just curious but could you please tell me how Tony isn't a war profiter?
Hmm well I have to admit I’m not too familiar on what war profiteering actually is, but I have a general sense and I feel like this post explains it better than I could.
But, I feel like I need to throw in my two cents here and also add that, while many people (Tony included tbh) think what he did and created was wrong, at the end of the day, his weapons and guns were what protected American soldiers for generations. Howard Stark kitted out Captain America with his weapons and shield in the first place.
It’s a difficult subject and a bit of a grey area- what makes a war profiteer and what makes a company just trying to defend their country? We all know that Tony’s- admittedly naive- view was that he was protecting Americans, and as soon as he realised that wasn’t the case, the weapons manufacturing was immediately ceased. And, like it or not, had Tony’s weapons not been in production, then chances are many of American soldiers wouldn’t have been protected.
It’s a little like the concept of Mutually Assured Destruction (ironically shorted to the acronym MAD)- the military concept that, if every country has a nuclear weapon in its inventory, then no one else will fire at the other, because they know that they’re just going to get one fired right back at them. Had Tony not been there supplying weapons, then who would have? What would have stopped any enemies from pulling something? Like Tony said- ‘it’s an imperfect world, but it’s the one we’ve got’.
Listen. I’m not endorsing war in any way, and basically as soon as tony realised that he was being played by Obie he Shut That Shit Down Immediately- but what he was doing before, wasn’t, in my opinion, war profiteering. There’s no proof to say that he lobbied for war or conflict (and we can definitely assume that he didn’t bc,,, he’s a superhero lmao that’s not exactly in his nature), and we know that he donated and funded many charities, which means he wasn’t solely interested in making profit.