I wonder why fighting wars take priority over fighting poverty?
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 … r-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?
Because war makes the greedy richer, fighting poverty doesn't help them and they are the people with the most say, and have the most power to change the world.
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
The reason why is clear. Those who influence spending decisions in Washington, DC profit from wars, not from addressing poverty. In the U.S. it goes a lot further than simply not fighting poverty. A whole slew of regular government infrastructure spending that any developed country routinely does, from road and transit improvements and expansion to water and irrigation projects, is neglected in the U.S. because the money is spent by the trillions on dubious wars. I hate sending my money to Washington and seeing it go to destroy and rebuild countries I will never set foot in, while my own country crumbles from neglect.
When I saw the starving Syrian children on the news, that was my first thought too Goodpal. Why are we fighting a war, when we could be helping them get food.
But I don't know a whole lot about it because I don't want the news enough.
There are those who see overpopulation as the downfall of mankind.They believe depopulation of 95% of the worlds people is the answer to poverty
War and or disease and disasters are the solution as some people believe.
If,we are to avoid future wars we must find solutions to poverty and social differences other than war. http://vigilantcitizen.com/sinistersite … idestones/
very simple: profit. If we cure world from poverty, some people won't have such big profit and also if people are pleased, they are less likely to be easily manipulated. So, raising war, imposing fear, leaving people hungry- best way to manipulate!
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