Bloggers Parliament House of Commons
Markos of Daily Kos has launched a political wiki. A wiki is a colaborative website. In the spirit of Wikipedia, the most well-known wiki (a collaborative encyclopedia) Kos and friends has put together dKosopedia, which will be progressive, political, information-rich and a community that you can join to share knowledge with other progressives. Sounds like a good idea to me.
If you want peace, prepare for peace...
This is an "old"post from the previous method of organising Bloggers Parliament, when members posted to their own blogs. This was posted by Josef on his blog, Health Supreme. Here's an excerpt:
The solution is not mine. It is Nobel laureate Joseph Rotblat's, discussed in an interview with Newsweek.
I would only add that for nuclear weapons to be actually eliminated, non-proliferation, if it only means no more new nuclear nations, is the wrong goal. We must go for actual elimination of nuclear (and other) weapons of mass destruction, and the demand should be sustained loudly by an international campaign of an alliance of people and countries who will not hesitate to pressure the "biggest bully" to comply just the same as everyone else.
As we know, there may always be the rogue country, one who might have designs on controlling others through the use of overwhelming force. A country might theoretically disarm but then in secret go back on its word and make nuclear weapons to blackmail the rest of the world with them. There would have to be a strong peace-keeping and enforcement capability vested in an international organization such as the United Nations.
Such an international governing body should not be controlled by one or a few "privileged nations" as today's U.N. and it should have - in addition to the allegiance of all nations on earth, the strength to confront any one nation or group of nations that would threaten or prepare for the use of nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction.
The interview with Dr. Rotblat is at MSNBC : Newsweek from 9 October, 2003.
There are a number of good comments to the original BP article too, including this recent one from Dan Montero:
If you want peace, prepare for peace. Costa Rica is a great example of preparing for peace and having peace for the last fifty plus years. Even when they are a small country they have decided to attach their thiking to inetrnational treaties that replace the need for an Army. Instead of spending millions in keeping a military based system, they dedicate that money to education (more than 90% literate), health (social security for all), and socially based programs. Costa Rica can be used as an example to export to many countries from the third world who have no business in keeping an Army. What will an Army do against any powerful country? There is no chance to win a war or keep a government based on the power of some weak armies in those countries.
Why Costa Rica has not succeded in exporting their democratic style? i would say because they have no particular need to do so plus that would be against the interest of the big arms dealers in the world, who need deaf ears to any attempt to get rid of armies around the world.
Oscar Arias, Costa Rican President won a Peace Nobel Price and helped El Salvador in the peace process after many years of combat. El salvador now has no Army but a Police force, similar to Costa Rica.
Other countries follow the example. Our educational system needs to be replaced for one that makes aware of the young about the importance of peace in the world and prepare them for negotiations and discussion of issues, not for a career in the military as we do now.
Response to comment from Deb: Costa Rica is not only an exceptional example of democracy in Latin America, it is one of the most prosperous countries in the region. An obvious lesson there.