“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.”
~Dwight D. Eisenhower
This quote shows General Eisenhower’s belief on war and how he considers it theft. He believes that the money spent on war which is used to build guns and rockets and other weapons for murder, could be used to reduce poverty, or hunger, or could be used to save a dying child. Our governments spend a ludicrously large amount on war; although, when questioned about their minimal activity towards ending world hunger, our government’s say they are not financially stable enough to contribute a significant amount to reduce the poverty that some children are in. However, it is surprising that this is so, as during the year 2010 the United States’ government spent $663.84 billion dollars on war related expenses. This is a huge sum of money, though in comparison, the amount of money required to put an end to world hunger and to greatly enrich the lives of the poor, is a grand total of 175 billion, just .7% of the income of the richest countries in the world. 175 billion is feasible enough that the United States alone could contribute that amount of money and upsurge the living standard for the world, and stop the outbreak of disease that is rampart in some 3rd world countries.
If the United States spent a smaller amount of their resources on war and fighting, the remaining money could be used to aid the ravenous, sick, children that cannot even afford a decent meal and do not have access to safe drinking water. With 175 billion, the children working in sweatshops in China, the children dying each year from hunger all around the world, could afford to have a decent shelter to live in, and enough food and water to keep them happy. This money would bolster the economy causing higher paying jobs to sprout. These jobs will be received by the poor and will contribute to improving the living conditions of the entire country. Children may finally have their right an education fulfilled, which in turn would give a higher level of education in the country, shifting it from a poverty stricken land of sickness to a developing, maturing, country that would not have to rely on charitable donations from the wealthier nations. With just .7% of the income of the thirty wealthiest nations in our world, we could enrich the lives of dying, diseased, and disregarded children that are considered beneath us by society and instead show them how to prosper, how to embrace their full potential. The 175 billion is the catalyst for change that children in Africa, and other impoverished nations are so desperately seeking. With it the entire country will begin the trek towards prosperity, the children will receive an education, the jobs will pay higher wages, and the economy will flourish.
Disease is among the top three killers in 3rd world countries. Because of it, 300,000 mothers that gave birth to kids die with childbirth related infections, and because of it, a child dies every 5 seconds. These are astonishing figures, ones our world should be striving to rectify, however this is not the case. Instead the world is intent on inventing new ways of massacring each other, new ways of causing each other pain. The world spends so much on war that one would think that a measly 175 billion should not be that difficult, but the government’s priorities are confused to say the least. With 175 billion, the skyrocketing deaths in Africa and other developing nations can be reeled in from more than 11 million deaths each year from preventable health issues such as malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia, to a less substantial number that would altogether nullify deaths from preventable causes. With the money children would not die from as simple a thing as a laceration on the hand, because there would be proper medication. Diseases could be stopped and 60 percent of women and 90 percent of all children who lived in Africa would not have HIV. All of this possible with a less than a percent of combined income from varies wealthy nations. Africa and other countries are being held back from their potential because of these debilitating diseases and that is going to continue to unless the worlds’ wealthy step in. Millions of deaths can be prevented if there is enough money, and it is shocking that from trillions and trillions of dollars, 175 billion cannot be spared.
925 million people do not have enough to eat — more than the populations of the USA, Canada and the European Union combined. Of course people and governments are making efforts to improve these statistics, but the fact of the matter is, what we have accomplished is not even close to cutting it. How can the United States say that it is making progress, when every 5 seconds a child dies in Africa? General Eisenhower’s statement about war being theft is more than true; just 26% of America’s budget for war is enough to make this world a better place. That 26% is the difference between succumbing to a disease like malaria-which has a readily available cure in developed nations- and living. It is the difference between life and death for countless people, and it is being used to develop more efficient ways to kill each other.