[lit-ideas] Re: German peacefulness

  • From: "Andreas Ramos" <andreas@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2007 09:03:27 -0700

Ever since I read from Ash and heard from Andreas that Germany is the most peacefullest place in the whole wide world, I've been keeping my eyes open for articles on German peacefulness.

Lawrence wants to know if Germany is more peacefullistical than the USA. Naturally, Lawrence thinks the USA has more peacefullistication than anyone else, even war-crazed Norway.

Well, a few weeks ago, the Economist and several researchers used concepts of peacefulistology and ranked the countries by the level of peace:

"The Economist Intelligence Unit, in conjunction with an international team of academics and peace experts, has compiled an innovative new Global Peace Index (GPI), which ranks 120 nations according to their relative peacefulness. The Global Peace Index is composed of 24 indicators, ranging from a nation's level of military expenditure to its relations with neighbouring countries and the level of respect for human rights. The index has been tested against a range of potential "drivers" or determinants of peace-including levels of democracy and transparency, education and material wellbeing."

See the global map and report at www.visionofhumanity.com

The USA is #96 from the top.

"A 96th place is a dreadful shame from which there's absolutely no chance of escaping. And it's not all about the Iraq war. The U.S. is, by far, the biggest arms producer in the world; it has a tradition of investing abusive amounts of money in the military, even before 9/11; it has the largest prison inmate population in the world and, for a developed country, it has a ridiculously high level of homicide. Violence is so embedded in the U.S., that it has become part of its pop culture, in a country that regularly makes headlines for being overly conservative with movies, music and TV shows."


"Another interesting aspect of the ranking was to see that, while some renowned enemies of the U.S. rank at least as low as their archenemy, some other notable "threats," as regarded by American people and government, rank considerably better than America. Libya and Cuba, two historical rivals of the U.S., rank 58th and 59th, respectively. China, a country that has been attracting some attention in the U.S. regarding the buildup of its army and the eternal brawl with Taiwan, comes in at 60th place.

"For the countries of relevant Arab populations, on the wrong side of president Bush's "clash of civilizations," some of them are doing quite well without the model democracy the Bush administration is trying to implement in the Middle East and northern Africa. Oman ranks 22nd, the best among countries with an Arab majority, followed by Qatar (30th), United Arab Emirates (38th), Tunisia (39th), Kuwait (46th), Morocco (48th), Jordan (63rd), Egypt (73rd), Syria (77th) and even Saudi Arabia (90th). Most of these countries are theocracies, some quite rigorous, such as Syria and Saudi Arabia. They might not still be countries where human rights are respected, or where women are free and respected, but the fact that both are less violent than the U.S. must mean that something is deeply wrong with the American way of life as we know it.

Lawrence's first reaction will be to dismiss this as leftist propaganda. Wrong, war-boy. This study was done by the Economist, a rightwing deeply pro-USA magazine.

There you go, Lawrence: Germany (#12) is more peacefullistical than the USA (#96). In fact, 95 countries are more peaceful than the USA. Even Syria (#77) and Saudi Arabia (#90) are more peaceful than the USA. Your only consolation: Iran, a theocractic dictatorship run by crazed fanatics, is #97. Israel is #119. Iraq (the showcase of US democracy) is dead last at #121.

Lawrence, will you admit that you were wrong? Or will you just change the subject?


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