By Joe White
2020 A Year Without War concurs that a preponderance of evidence now clearly indicates that the costs of war in the 21st century are symptomatic of gross, widespread Homo sapiens’ irrationality. The costs in loss life are incalculable as our species can no longer afford war’s destruction of our greatest, finite, natural resource, human talent. Also incalculable is the enormity of suffering that war always and indiscriminately guarantees. This blog will focus briefly on the commonplace costs of global military spending and the new US Ford Class aircraft carriers coming our way.
For specific costs to you as a U.S. citizen, please see your tax dollars(https://www.nationalpriorities.org/interactive-data/taxday/ ) For more general information about the costs of war globally. (seehttp://www.sipri.org/research/armaments/milex/milex_database )
As we know, the economic costs of war are outrageous at approximately $2 (US) trillion, globally per year. As we know, the costs incurred in one specific year of war continue to multiply over time in terms of on-going health costs as well as lost productivity. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have and will cost the U.S. approximately $4 trillion according theBrown University’s Costs of War Research Program. (see –http://costsofwar.org/sites/default/files/articles/20/attachments/Costs%20of%20War%20Summary%20Crawford%20June%202014.pdf )
As we, U.S. citizens, know, the U.S. spends more on its military than the next 14 major nations’ military budgets combined. (seehttp://www.sipri.org/googlemaps/milex_top_15_2013_exp_map.html) Fifty percent of one year of the global military budget would nearly eliminate global hunger, provide clean water and sanitation globally, along with education for all children, while also urgently impacting gender inequality issues globally and more. Here in the U.S., the new Ford Class aircraft carrier program is underway. The USS Gerald R. Ford and USS John F. Kennedy were to be launched in 2015 but are behind schedule. The USS Gerard R. Ford cost approximately $13 billion and is 22% over budget. The $13 billion cost does not include $4.7 billion in research and development nor the cost of armament and deployment nor the approximate $200 million annually for personnel. The Navy is planning to purchase at least ten of these carriers over the next four decades. Each carrier is equivalent approximately in cost to one year’s college tuition for all 21 million U.S. college students. China presently has one aircraft carrier.
Here’s your 2020 AYWW CHOICE CHALLENGE: Should humans continue ignoring urgent domestic and global health and sustainability problems while remaining engaged in killing each other OR should we attempt to claim a vast potential peace dividend? DONATE, JOIN, BUILD 2020 A Year Without War if you choose the peace dividend. Let OUR VOICES be heard now! Let us create at least a glimmer of hope with a one-year global truce. YOU can make 2020 A Year Without War happen! It’s YOUR CHOICE.
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