Military Spending Over $1000 Billion, While Children Starve
Global expenditure on “defense” [sic] has crossed the 1,000 billion US dollar mark and is still rising. The peace dividend of the end of the Cold War does not seem to have had the desired effect on global defense spending after showing some promise in the initial post-Cold War years, said an Indian minister here on Monday.
“At the most fundamental level, this expenditure has the effect of crowding out the spending on social sector. We do not live in a world that is free from hunger and want. Even a fraction of the money that the world spends on defense could make a difference to the lives of millions of people across the world who live in abject poverty and suffer from deprivation of survival needs, said External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee at the inauguration of the three-day International Seminar on Defense Finance and Economics organized by the Department of Defense Finance in the Ministry of Defense.”
The UN says that a $40 billion increase in funding could feed, clothe, and educate the entire globe. It makes me think that, perhaps, those in power want the general population undereducated, and the lower-classes basically uneducated. Would the world not be safer if everyone had the opportunity? Would the world not be safer if every child had food, clothes, shelter, and education?
Let’s be honest, for the most part the money spent on “defense” doesn’t really go to defense; it goes to offense; it feeds the profits of the military-industrial complex; it maintains the economic status quo. Would we the people not be safer if they gave us – the taxpayers – our money back? How do huge nuclear arsenals that could blow the world up 100 times over make us safer?
If they gave us our money back, we could spend it on personal self-defense, such as buying self-defense classes, pepper spray, personal alarms, etcetera. More importantly, we could afford more food, clothes, shelter, and education.
Those in power won’t give us our money back, I believe. As I see it, our only hope is to cut our losses, turn our backs on the governmental leadership, and fix our own problems by securing food, clothes, shelter, education, and safety ourselves and our communities.
What do you think?