The civil war in Syria has been raging for four years now and it isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Shortly after the fighting was first initiated, the economy broke down along with normal society activity. Across the country there are many areas now without electricity, many schools are closed, health care services are relatively non-existent, and there is an inadequate amount of food for those remaining. What was once a vibrant country has now been degraded into a war economy. Some areas that are still under the control of the Syrian government have been able to maintain basic services. They’ve only been able to continue thanks to regular cash donations from governments and individuals who are still friendly with President Bashar al-Assad.

When it comes to who is making money from the conflict, we can look at the central banks, like the Federal Reserve. The central bankers are the ones who are going to be profiting from this endeavor. It takes vast amounts of wealth to engage in ongoing warfare, and the money is going to come from central banks. And it is the citizens who will need to pay back that debt with interest for many years to come. They won’t be the only ones profiting mega corporations, defense and military contractors, and others can expect to gain from this turmoil as well.

The top 10 companies currently profiting from war: Thales ($10.4 billion in arm sales in 2013), Finmeccanica ($10.6 billion in arm sales in 2013), United Technologies ($11.9 billion in arm sales in 2013), Airbus Group ($15.7 billion in arm sales in 2013), General Dynamics ($18.7 billion in arm sales in 2013), Northrop Grumman ($20.2 billion in arm sales in 2013), Raytheon ($21.9 billion in arm sales in 2013), BAE systems ($26.8 billion in arm sales in 2013), Boeing ($30.7 billion in arm sales in 2013), and the top seller was Lockheed Martin ($25.5 billion in arm sales in 2013).

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments has estimated that the costs of the Iraq and Syria conflict alone range from $2.4 billion to over $22 billion annually. And the Federal Reserve is what allows the United States to aimlessly engage in conflicts around the world. As Ron Paul has repeatedly pointed out in the past, it is no coincidence that the century of total war has coincided with the century of central banking.

On the Press For Truth live show this week (in case you missed it), we had James Corbett of and Paul Verge of join Dan Dicks, in order to discuss the ongoing war in Syria, the downing of a Russian jet, the refugee crisis, and more.