These are modern statistics on the world’s military forces:
There are around 77 million soldiers in the world (from approx. 182 countries). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_number_of_military_and_paramilitary_personnel
Imagine a country like Iran or Turkey that is only composed of people who are ready to fight (soldiers). That mass of people is bigger than the population of the UK, Italy or France and almost the same as that of Canada and Spain combined. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_population)
Imagine this country of soldiers having around 88 thousands Main Battle Tanks, 134 nuclear submarines, 28 thousands combat aircraft, 10 thousands attack helicopters, and around 23 thousands nuclear weapons. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_level_of_military_equipment)
Let’s also throw in 870 million or so fire arms and a budget of 1.5 trillion dollars per year. (http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_guns_are_there_in_the_world_right_now?#slide=1 , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_military_expenditures)
But now what? What will they do? Kill or enslave everyone on Earth? Protect themselves from aliens? What do these people want and why do they need so many weapons? What are humans so scared of?
The interesting fact about humans is that they do not have all this armament and personnel to defend their species from another one. No, they have all this armament and personnel to defend themselves from each other as they kill many of their own for profit and power, or sometimes just for fun. It is a self-destructing process, similar to a body that produces cancerous tumors.
Can we imagine what the world would be like if this imaginary country, composed of non-imaginary people and weapons, were to disappear? More than likely, new weapons and soldiers will come to be because of a lack of resources or poor distribution of them, or purely from poor education and differences in cultural values (countries, traditions, language). So you see, external factors will create the same situation.
It is like a cancerous tumor that cannot be completely removed by surgery. You see cancerous cells are a risk for any human. Any of us can have a type of cancer because we all are made of cells and when these cells divide it can result in cells with “damaged” DNA that multiply out of control to form what we call a “cancerous tumor”. Internal and external factors like tobacco, radiation or dietary factors contribute to this, but as many studies shows, human behaviour is only a result of external factors (environmental influence), therefore we can conclude that the war state is a cancerous tumor resulted from these external factors only. And so, removing the tumor will not remove the cause of the disease, and the disease will form again and again and again until we identify and recognize the cause and deal with it.
The money game (trade world) is what sets up a divided global society, one of false scarcity, and a ‘need’ for wars in order for some to acquire power and resources. The challenge to get rid of wars is one of the greatest challenges out there, but understanding what forces drive the creation of wars is paramount. We highly recommend, once more, our The Money Game and Beyond book to understand what is the cause of most of our world wide problems.
"War does not determine who is right. Only who is left."