In “The War”, above, this writer concentrated primarily on America’s history of warmongering. But of course, EVERY country in the World is in the same boat. Of the two-hundred-odd countries in the World, there are few large ones that can say they have no argument with ANYONE.
Whether the conflict is internal, external or just supporting a “police action” somewhere, the result is the same – when bullets fly and people die, it’s WAR (write that down). And a quick tour of the planet shows us what we’re up against.
America. Since the end of WW2, she has fought in a continuous SERIES of “police actions”, while attempting to control the politics of every country in Central and South America. And internally, particularly during the Bush era, she has moved closer to totalitarianism than RUSSIA formerly was.
Central and South America – see above. Additionally, most of those countries have internal strife between Right-wing dictatorships and Left-wing guerrillas – viva la revolucione (or something like that). She is slightly better off than Africa (see below) as for the most part, the Spanish and Portuguese colonists stayed.
From the New World, we move to Europe. She hasn’t had an internal war for sixty-five years now – but before feeling TOO smug, she should remember all of the “police actions” SHE has been involved in. And now that her eastern neighbours are free of Communism, she is pouring money into them – with disastrous results to her own economy.
Russia. Following her political and economic collapse (and her mistaken belief that a drunken buffoon could turn her around overnight) a lot of old wounds have been opened. Her “buffer states” are now independant and causing problems. Additionally, her power-base is in constant threat from organised crime syndicates.
Africa. Freed from the bonds of British, French, Dutch, German and Belgian colonialism, the Dark Continent finds itself in a similar situation to post-Roman Britain. For better or worse, the colonists built up systems that worked – but which the locals had no HOPE of maintaining, once their masters had departed. Case in point – Zimbabwe, where a FARCICAL level of inflation has the population on their KNEES. And given Africa’s poverty, their wars are SAVAGE, involving the use of redundant Western weapons – and machetes.
The Middle East. This region is populated by tribes who have been fighting each other for MILLENNIA. The term “Peace Process” is a sick joke. And the West only gives a damn because of all that OIL under the natives feet.
The “Stans” and India. In these areas, wars tend to be about religion. Again, they’re not rich – so it’s all they have to fight about. And since the region has no oil, the only time the West REALLY gets worried, is when Pakistan and India (both NUCLEAR powers) start sabre-rattling.
China and South East Asia. Long-freed from colonial rule (and Chairman Mao) this region is sort of The New World. It has it’s problems – but few wars. And with the dropping of trade barriers, it is slowly sucking the West DRY. Only time will tell if the West has had its day and the East will slowly take OVER.
So where does all this take us, as far as World Peace is concerned? Every American beauty “pageantee” (if beauty contests are now pageants, that makes contestants pageantees, right?) promises to devote her “reign” to promoting it. However, back in the REAL World, something a tad more substantial needs to be done. But who will do it?
Not America, that’s for sure. And not Europe either. Neither is equipped to be The World’s Policeman. And forget about the impotent United Nations – they couldn’t even keep The Monkey out of Iraq. China is too busy making billions of tons of plastic crap for the World’s living rooms. And Russia has its problems at home.
So who will save us? Aliens? If they HAVE made it here, they don’t appear to have the will or means to neutralize our weapons – just help us a bit with their technology (Fuel cells, Blackberries, Viagra, etc.)
Although they would be ASTOUNDED that we have managed to put men on the Moon – yet still waste A TRILLION BUCKS A YEAR on two-hundred -odd military forces, whose only product is an inestimable amount of damage to infrastructure – and countless deaths. Where’s our World Government?
A World Government would be like the U.N. – except with balls and teeth. It would ban ORGANISED religion, military forces (apart from its own small peace-keeping force) and politics. It’d have a “People’s Charter” of human rights and be run by representatives of every region (not country) of the planet. The Charter would guarantee basic freedoms – work, travel, religion, speech, etc.
And it would control who administered the regions. Dictators, despots and loonies wouldn’t get a foot-hold. Also, whilst governments could regulate local matters, they would NOT be able to have laws that contradicted The People’s Charter. Thus, no capital punishment, floggings, invasion of privacy or restriction of basic freedom. In short, The People’s Charter would BE The Law.
The World Government would apolitically administer ALL the main affairs of the planet and allocate resources sensibly and fairly (oil would be available to all at a fair price and NOBODY would OWN it – any more than any other World Resource).
But of course, this Brave New World will never happen.
Our planet is ruled by POWER. The greed and self-interest of those Shadowy Figures who control our destiny have far too much to lose, to allow a bunch of international do-gooders to usurp their position. And they are WAY too deeply entrenched to be over-run. They have armies, spies and systems that have been in place for CENTURIES.
America may not be the most ADVANCED civilization on our planet, but it is the most POWERFUL. And its power lies in its UNITY. The States may have its divisions – Red State v. Blue State, Hispanic v. Anglo, black v. white, Jew v. Gentile, North v. South, East Coast v. West Coast, etc. v. etc., but when her back is against the wall, you will hear the same cry – “I am an AMERICAN.”
While Europe is the opposite. With centuries of conflict behind her, even after more than half a century of peace, the English see the French as being dirty, while the French see the English as being gay. The Belgians see the Dutch as being stoners, while the Dutch are too stoned to care. And EVERYBODY sees the Germans as being arrogant, while the Germans see… we could be at this ALL DAY.
Of course, the Swiss, whilst being geographically in the middle of Europe, don’t want to PLAY. They have winter sports, great scenery and a casual attitude towards tax and banking – and no desire to get caught up in Euro-politics. Can you blame them?
So while a Federal States Of Europe would be bigger and more advanced (they abandoned capital punishment DECADES ago) than America and collectively could kick her ARSE (“ass”) she can relax – it ain’t gonna HAPPEN. Europe has no unity – and that’s her weakness.
Meanwhile, with Russia having its problems and China being too busy MAKING stuff, no-one else HAS the power to even BEGIN to think about achieving World Peace.
Which really brings us back to The States and its new leader. The trouble is, a U.S. President is only one man – and whilst that one man can be a force for evil (like J.F.K., Johnson, Nixon and Bush 2) or good (Carter and Clinton) they are still only the SPEARHEAD of the Washington machine.
And even Obama (hallelujah) has that whole slimy, corrupt machine to MANAGE – and it’s a lot harder to manage if you’re HONEST – which means no matter how worthy his intentions, to use it to achieve World Peace – in just EIGHT YEARS (not including the time that has to be used to obtain the second FOUR) is little short of IMPOSSIBLE (although this writer wishes him luck – he’ll NEED it).
So unless a miracle DOES happen, the ONLY way World Peace will EVER be achieved is when ALL the countries of the World have climbed to the level currently occupied by western Europe – where war is unthinkable due to the MESS it makes, in a land of plenty. In short, MONEY will ensure World Peace.
When the whole World has clean water, sufficient food, cheap energy, nice houses and enough technology to be able to throw off the bonds of religion – then and ONLY then will people stop KILLING one another.
Peace is a State Of Mind. And when our minds are FREE from WANT, the will to live in peace will follow – even the Shadowy Figures will shun it, as by then, it’ll be unprofitable.
By my reckoning, it’ll happen around the end of the twenty-first century. The only problem for THIS scribbler, is by then – I’ll be long DEAD.