Tuesday, August 10, 2004

In love with a bad idea

What is worse: a drug dealer or a weapons dealer? (also, what does the media focus on?). Seems there is more of a war on drugs than a war on war.
I was just checking out Matt Good's blog (http://www.matthewgood.net/web/mblog/) and found somethings quite interesting:
1)The US military budget is almost as much as the rest of the world's.
2)The United Nations and all its agencies and funds spend about $10 billion each year (and are owed $762 million by the US)
3) (two years ago) Two key Defense Department funding allocations were made - $390 million to reimburse nations providing support to U.S. operations in the war on terror and $120 million “for certain classified activities” - can now be delivered “notwithstanding any other provision of the law.” This means there will be none of the normal restrictions placed on this large sum of military aid.
4) Canada – 9.1 billion (My goal is find out specifics)
Lastly, a quotation back when someone in power had some perspective (don't know if he did anything about it though)

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children... This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

-- Former U.S. President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, in a speech on April 16, 1953


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