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Forum Post: A Great Lack of Balance

Posted 12 years ago on Dec. 30, 2011, 2:30 p.m. EST by GlobalCrier (54)
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With such a great lack of balance between what nations spend on war verses peace is a crime against civilization. The United States government alone spending over 700 billion dollars a year on the military which accounts for over 40% of the global military spending. According to the CIA World Fact Book the seven countries that have the highest percent of there Gross Domestic Product going toward military spending are Middle Eastern countries. With Saudi Arabia spending 10% of their GDP on military spending and the State of Israel spending 7.3% of their GDP on military spending. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations democracies (nations friendly towards the United States) accounts for about 90% of the global military spending.

The United Nation’s annual budget is less than five billion dollars annually or it is about the size of Mexico’s military spending or the University of California’s annual budget. With such a large disproportional amount of the global resources going towards military spending instead of peace building humanitarian ways. No wonder we have the conflicts and wars going on today around the world. Especially with many of the oil rich Middle Eastern countries and the State of Israel having the highest percent of their GNP going towards military spending. The United States contributes about 25% of the United Nations current budget. Which works out too less than one percent of the United States annual military budget.

Without a major reevaluation of global and national priorities and spending we will not see global changes for the better. With the United States and her allies spending over a trillion and a half dollars annually on military expenses, comparatively so little on constructive humanitarian aid for the less fortunate. The global economic down-turn leading to the Arab Spring and the protests in the State of Israel over the high cost of living. As the western oil-dry industrial nations struggle to keep their economies a float with massive deficit spending. The United States about 5% of the world’s population is consuming 25% of the world’s oil. The United States imports more oil than Germany, China and India combined while these countries make-up over a third of the global population. With the United States consuming so much of the world’s oil on borrowed money from the rest of the world. These are some of the great imbalances that are creating many of the problems we face on an on going bases. http://peacereform.blogspot.com/



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[-] 1 points by GlobalCrier (54) 12 years ago

In my opinion it goes back to what President Eisenhower warned the American people in his farewell address. Military Part of President Eisenhower farewell speech. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y06NSBBRtY The full speech; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWiIYW_fBfY

We never heeded to President Eisenhower’s warnings.

[-] 1 points by Gobstopper (3) 12 years ago

So? What are you suggesting...step down and let the world devolve into chaos?

[-] 1 points by GlobalCrier (54) 12 years ago

It is already doing that.