We Must Help Children All Over the World Not Just Here
by John Lawrence
It is not enough in this Age of Globalization to just think about helping children here in the US. The people who were victimized in the Harvey and Irma hurricanes need help, sure, but there was very little loss of life there compared to the loss of life and utter destruction in the floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and India. There was a major catastrophe in the Mexican earthquake. There are refugees from wars raging in the Middle East and Africa, many of them caused by the relentless pursuit of profits by the US war machine. There are people dying every day when their boats capsize trying to cross the Mediteranian.
Instead of pursuing a policy of helping people and particularly children all over the world, we send young men and women off to fight wars, wars that could by and large be avoided if we only took preemptive actions for peace. If we put even half the war budget into preemptive humanitarian relief, we would have a better world almost overnight. Instead we support 1000 military bases which are located in almost every country of the world. Imagine if these military bases were to be converted into Peace Corps bases.
For the US war is a profit center without which GDP would falter. Economic growth would be curtailed. Spending as much money on peaceful pursuits like helping people around the world might contribute just as much to the economy, but the money would go into different hands than the ones it's now going into and lobbyists for the current money grubbers will do everything in their power to see that money keeps going into the same hands. Same with the oil industry. Same with the pharmaceutical industry. It's the status quo, and the prevailing powers will do everything they can to maintain the status quo.
I've been waiting for 75 years to see war mongers turn into peace mongers, to see swords beaten into plowshares. It ain't happening, and probably won't happen in my life time or ever. Instead we're going in the opposite direction including recreating the Cold War for those that weren't around to experience it the first time. Well, we can't miss the opportunity for them to experience it also so we must recreate it. It's almost as if Disneyland were to close down and future generations would not have had the opportunity to experience it. The status quo says "not on my watch."
We must think globally when it comes to saving the planet from climate change and war and taking care of the children all over the planet not just here at home. If some children today have to forfeit their chance at the same military glory their forefathers availed themselves of, so be it. Let Disneyland close.