Sunday, March 26, 2006

Feel insecure about global security? No need

Thomas Barnett has a column up in the Knoxville news. Quotes:

We have never lived in a more peaceful world than we do today — never.

I know that statement goes against everything you've been told by the mass media, and I realize it contradicts the amazing climate of fear that's gripped this country since 9/11. But it's absolutely true.

  • Armed conflicts decreased by more than 40 percent since the early 1990s.
  • Genocide and politically inspired murders have dropped by roughly 80 percent since the late 1980s, with only the Middle East suffering an increase.
  • International crises have decreased to the point where today we suffer roughly one-quarter the number we routinely endured just a generation ago.
  • Secessionist movements and resulting civil wars are at their lowest levels since the mid-1970s. Read the rest here


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