Skip to comments.US ranks low, just above Iran on new peace index
Posted on 05/30/2007 10:08:16 AM PDT by ASC2006
The United States is among the least peaceful nations in the world, ranking 96th between Yemen and Iran, according to a new index released Wednesday that evaluates 121 nations based on their peacefulness.
According to the Global Peace Index, created by The Economist Intelligence Unit, Norway is the most peaceful nation in the world and Iraq is the least, just after Russia, Israel and Sudan.
"The objective of the Global Peace Index was to go beyond a crude measure of wars by systemically exploring the texture of peace," said Global Peace Index President Clyde McConaghy.
He said the inaugural effort proves "peace can and has and will continue to be measured."
The index was compiled based on 24 indicators measuring peace inside and outside of a country. They included the number of wars a country was involved in the past five years, how many soldiers were killed overseas and how much money was made in arms sales.
"We were trying to find out what positive qualities lead to peace," said Leo Abruzzese, the North American editorial director of the intelligence unit that is part of The Economist Group that publishes the well known magazine.
Fifteen of the top 20 most peaceful nations are in Western Europe, and countries with higher income appeared to lead to higher levels of peace, he said.
The United States ranked 96th out of 121 nations, just worse than Yemen and just better than Iran, Honduras and South Africa.
Abruzzese said the United States' score was pulled down by the number of wars it is involved in, large numbers of soldiers killed on the battlefield and high defense spending.
He said the fact the United States has the world's largest prison population per share of overall population also pulled down the score.
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“Peace” to these idiots is just the absense of conflict. Nothing could be less true.
Well, I should hope so. We are at war.
This kind of news making will make them go blind.
Israel? It's kind of hard to be peaceful when people are constantly attacking you. By this index, Norway could become the least peaceful if the jihadis turned their sights that way.
In other words, countries without a military, which depend on the protection of the US, are peaceful.
Global Peace Index?
If you want peace, prepare for war.......Julius Caesar.......
I guess our having to be the World Cop plays against our numbers.
How many words are there for deranged?
How many will we read before the existential struggle?
“the fact the United States has the world’s largest prison population per share of overall population also pulled down the score.”
What does that have to do with war? Seems like these guys have a hidden agenda.
Hey Deborah Charles, would you rather live here, or in Yemen?
And just think, I rated “Bogus ‘Peace” Index’s” just above dumping the RV Lav in my “Smells Like HEll” Index!!
HELLO REUTER’S!! Where is my article?
The Economist Intelligence Unit actually sells this junk to businesses.
Just when you thought you’ve heard every commie propaganda device known, the leftists trot out a new one.
We would have ranked pretty low when we were driving the Nazis back to Berlin, too.
Their agenda looks pretty plain to me.
Yeah, and these guys rank right at the bottom of the new ‘Kiss my A55’ metric..
Doesn’t Norway have a military and a draft?
Clyde McConaghy’s previous job:
Soviet Gulags had “peace”. PEACE IS NOT FREEDOM!!!
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