War makes headlines, but peace rules
The chilling sights and sounds of war fill newspapers and television screens worldwide, but war itself is in decline, peace researchers report.
In fact, the number killed in battle has fallen to its lowest point in the post-World War II period, dipping below 20,000 a year by one measure. Meanwhile, peace-making missions are growing in number.
“International engagement is blossoming,” said American scholar Monty G Marshall. “There’s been an enormous amount of activity to try to end these conflicts.”
For months, the battle reports and casualty tolls from Iraq and Afghanistan have put war in the headlines, but Swedish and Canadian non-governmental groups tracking armed conflict globally find a general decline in numbers from peaks in the 1990s.
The authoritative Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, in a ’04 Yearbook report, says 19 major armed conflicts were under way worldwide in ’03, a sharp drop from 33 wars counted in 1991.
The Canadian organisation Project Ploughshares, using broader criteria to define armed conflict, says in its new annual report that the number of conflicts declined to 36 in ’03, from a peak of 44 in 1995.
To hear the barely-lucid Left talk, one would think the world was on the cusp of Armageddon. But in fact, it is largely peaceful. And where war does persist (such as in Afghanistan and Iraq), it is largely a function of the greater cause of defeating war-mongering fascists.
The world was a much more violent place when Clinton was President. Where were the protestors then?
Where were the protestors when Rwandans was being being slaughtered by the hundreds of thousands, and Clinton did nothing?
Where were the protestors when Clinton waged an “illegal war” (in other words, without the blessing of the UN) against the Serbs?
Where were the protestors when Russian soldiers butchered Chechens wholesale?
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