| The status quo:
-The United States invaded Iraq in 2003 for what was supposed to be a quick war to find and eliminate the weapons of mass destruction and to hold Saddam Hussein accountable for participating in the 9/11 attacks. Over 4,400 U.S. military personnel died there, and around 100,000 Iraqis died in our time there (according to IraqBodyCount.org).
-In 2011 8,500 people in the United States were killed by firearm homicides (per the FBI as cited in The Guardian)
-The U.S., with under 5% of the world’s population, spends around 45% of the world’s military budget, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (link on the right).
-The U.S. currently has at least 40 troops stationed in 30 nations, according to GlobalSecurity.org (although they don’t list the Philippines, so they may be omitting others)
We can do better than all this. We can devote more of our resources to real prosperity, real freedom; and we can get along with our neighbors better than we do. Whatever our culture is that is resulting in this status quo . . . has problems.
I think we would do well to examine carefully all the violence around us — violent toys, movies, universities; a population happy to produce and deliver bombs, but largely out of touch with the shock and fear of an actual bomb blast in their back yard.
This blog is by Eric Timar, an amateur Peace Guy living in Virginia. I graduated from the University of Dayton in 1990, and many posts will concern military contracting — including weapons development — conducted at the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) and UD’s Laser and Optical Communications Institute (LOCI).
Contact: tegbook @ hotmail.com
My favorite definition of garret, from dictionary.com:
“an attic, usually a small, wretched one.
1300–50; ME garite watchtower < OF garite, guerite watchtower, deriv. of garir, guarir to defend, protect; see garrison