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No Humanity Left! :(

War from NewNews.co.uk

Earth is beautiful but we have ravaged it with our pathetic conflicts and wars for controlling resources. It has more than enough to sustain all living beings on it, yet millions of humans starve and many die. Mankind is puffed up with its technological development but it forgets that it has little to no humanity left !!!

Does it not bother us that our neighbor-whether in our neighbor hood, or in our neighbor town, city, state, or country have little to no food to eat. Thousands of children are malnourished, many die with hunger. Does it not bother us that we fight over water even though water comprises of majority of the earth? We care about making profit even in supplying water! Countries go to war over rivers, mountains, and man-made boundaries.

Governments wage foolish wars, empty the state treasury while getting in debt. No education for the masses, no healthcare for the people, but skyrocketing budgets for the ministry/department of defense. No food on the table of thousands of families, no affordable quality education for the middle and “poor” class but tons of budget for a new defensive gadget called Nukes.

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10 Imperatives For Peace

1. Maintain public order and prevent social turbulence from escalating into protractred deadly conflict.

2. Polarizing political rhetoric and tactics must be forgone, however, tempting their short-term benefits may seem.

3. Meeting the needs and aspirations of fighting-age young men should be the first priority of national development policies and of programs funded by international donors.

4. Developing countries should have internal security forces (police and paramilitary) that are generously funded, professional, apolitical, and trained to meet the complex challenges of maintaining public order in a changing society.

5. Development policies that meet human being’s common aspirations–to feel good about their lives, the circumstances in which they live, and future prospects for themselves and their children– will contribute most effectively to keeping violent conflict and terrorism within acceptable bounds.

6. Those who frame development policies should seek a middle path between capitalism’s efficient, but Darwinian, precepts and socialism’s egalitarian, but stultifying, precepts. [1]

7. Good governance and democratization must be part of the “successful development” mix. Most important are governance institutions that are open to “bad news” and are self-correcting.

8. Multinational corporations, business, and associations should play a more active role in supporting successful development policies.

9. Successful development requires a long-term view. Giving sufficient weight to the long term requires institutional mechanisms and discourses that extend beyind the next election and term in office of political leaders currently in power.

10. There must be a realistic, rigorous, opportunity costs analysis of military options and U.S. equivalent expenditures for nonmilitary options before proceeding down the slippery slope of military solutions to complex development problems.

By John Richardson
“War and Peace in the 21st Century.” The Future. Nov-Dec 2006.

[1]  Imperative 6, I think is completely unproductive. Author tried to have a middle ground between Capitalism, Socialism and darwinism! I think for Imperative 6, Government need to regulate the policies they want to adopt. There should be a balance between free market and government regulation with key areas under government authority, like Oil etc.

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