Iraq / Afghan War "The U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will cost taxpayers $4 trillion to $6 trillion," reported The Washington Post, March 28, 2013 http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-03-28/world/38097452_1_iraq-price-tag-first-gulf-war-veterans In contrast, in 2010 the World Bank estimated 1.2 billion extreme poor in the world and the poverty gap to be only $169 billion on its $1.25 poverty line. Is multiplying human suffering more important than eliminating it?
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The disproportionate high influence of a few in the running of a country is bad for the democracy. I really wonder which way the US is going by neglecting the social and infrastructure development and its own 15% poor people.
Yep, this. If there was a nickel to be made helping people then it might be done, but wars are great for business. Sad but true.
Eliminating poverty is actually a good business preposition. They will have more buying power that is good for business. Fighting poverty is in a way an indirect investment to expand the market. It is sheer stupidity if the rich don't see it.
Goodpal. That is a good long term business perspective, and certainly good for everyone in the long run. However, the lobbyists who influence spending in Washington are concerned with boosting profits in the near term for specific clients.
So the basic problem is the "short-termism" and quick profits. Look at how fast China has eliminated poverty in the last decade and expanded the middle class and the whole business world is reaping the benefits. I feel public opinion can change minds
Yes, it is certainly moving to see children suffer whether in Syria, Africa or in Bangladesh. How about the hardships of soldiers and their families? It appears that the virtues of human kindness and compassion have become irrelevant.
I fully agree with you. But don't you think that we should do something about this silly mindset? There should be more in the world than mere wars, insecurity, fear and conflicts propagated by greed of a few power hungry leaders.
I think the simplest solution of poverty is economic development. Development is also the solution of over population. Wars are never a solution of anything; they are by nature always part of the problem - in my opinion.