American Peace Sign
The Global Peace Index has released its 2008 Rankings, and the United States did not do well, coming in 97th place out of 140 countries.
If you go to the rankings and click on each individual country, you can see how it fares in the 59 measures used to determine the index. The U.S., for example, does well in "Political Stability," but terribly in "Number of jailed population per 100,000 people."
From The Guardian:
"The world appears to be a marginally more peaceful place this year," said Steve Killelea, the Australian technology entrepreneur and founder of the Global Peace Index. "This is encouraging, but it takes small steps by individual countries for the world to make greater strides on the road to peace."His Holliness the Dalai Lama is another supporter. You can see the full list of Global Peace Index endorsers here.
The index, which was launched under the auspices of the global thinktank the Institute for Economics and Peace is endorsed by the Nobel laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Professor Joseph Stiglitz and Professor Muhammad Yunus. It also enjoys the support of business leaders such as Sir Richard Branson and Sir Mark Moody Stuart.
Here are the Top Ten most peaceful countries in the world:
4. New Zealand
Spain came in 30th. France 34th. The U.K. 49th. Canada 11th.
And the five least peaceful countries:
I guess the U.S. has helped Iraq achieve one clear distinction in the world.
And here's John Lennon, with Eric Clapton on guitar, doing a ragged live version of "Give Peace a Chance" from Live Peace in Toronto 1969.