In order to save huge costs, governments would be wise to fund the global popular movement for disarmament

Many nations get by just fine without an army at all. One argument used for keeping a standing army despite the incredible costs is that you are more likely to have peace if you are prepared for war. The truth is, many of the best armed nations wind up having many more armed conflicts than less armed nations. One reason for this is that military strategists argue that in order to be ready to fight wars, one must actually fight them – that drills and mock battles cannot replace combat experience.  Of course, since the nuclear nations and their allies are far too dangerous militarily to be attacked without risking a nuclear conflict (and all of humanity’s future, for that matter), in order to get combat experience they attack or force a conflict with weaker, nonnuclear opponents. This is one reason why military strategists in countries with little to gain from the invasion of  another small nation may push to fight alongside the US Armed forces. And it means humanity will only live in peace when we do away with armies for good.

So ten of millions of dollars are being wasted every day on this endless nightmare, which will never bring safety or national security. Indeed, it will guarantee that wars perpetuate themselves. If the goal is safety, why not spend some of this money on the peace movement? These are the people who are most likely to reduce the power of the military in the countries of potential enemies. There are already popular initiatives for military reduction in almost every country, with financial support they could push for a far safer world for future generations. We pay for spies who operate in foreign nations, isn’t it a bit suspicious that military advisers do not allocate funds for peace activism in enemy powers?

The answer is of course that armies and weapons manufacturers are NOT interested in the safety of the people they have the duty to protect if it conflicts with their own economic interests. They are far more interested in swelling military spending, a greed which endangers all of us. We must demand reductions of the armies worldwide, especially  in those countries addicted to war.  A few nations are waking up out of this nightmare because the military is an unbearable economic burden, others have long moved down the path of peace. One of our demands even for those willing to reduce their arsenals should be that a portion of military spending should go to redirected to financial and logistical support to popular movements for peace in those countries where militarism is more deeply ingrained. Campaign to reduce militarism in every nation will save us all a fortune and countless lives.

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3 thoughts on “In order to save huge costs, governments would be wise to fund the global popular movement for disarmament

  1. Dear Brian,

    I like this very much ambitious idea to demilitarize all of the world’s nations simultaneously? – Yes, and gradually? – Why gradually? Why to wait for another 10 years?
    when there is an opportunity do it any time before that time, when all people from all over the world will respond to their (UN) invitation:

    We have been invited by the United Nation in paragraph 3 of the aforementioned resolution to cooperate with the United Nations in the establishment of the global ceasefire:
    3. Invites all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, regional and non-governmental organisations and individuals to commemorate, in an appropriate manner, the International Day of Peace, including through education and public awareness to cooperate with the United Nations in the establishment of the global ceasefire.
    Taken from Resolution 55/282. Internatonal Day of Peace, 111th plenary meeting, 7th September 2001
    Download PDF of Resolution 55/282

    There is a UN Resolution 55/282 establishing that the 21st of September is annually recognised as the International Day of Peace.

    Our mission is to petition the United Nations for an amendment to the existing Resolution, and include remaining 365 days of the year.

    Details at: http://www.peace365.org

    In Global Peace Forever
    Marek

    • Marek,

      Thanks for your response. I applaud the work you are doing as well!

      The idea is not to wait for ten years, the idea is to start as soon as there is massive support, and do away with 10% per year of the standing armies in every country over a decade, so that no one is left defenseless – if some governments or their armies cheat, measures can be taken. Of course, that may not be as soon as the end of 2015, as the blog’s title hopes, but it is just to try and give a name to the campaign.

      To understand why we are pushing it to be a gradual campaign, one would do well to read addicted to war, which explains in detail why it will be hard for the war junkie countries (using the example of the US) to disarm.

      Peace,
      Brian

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