Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Things I don't understand....

Life always seem to have some perplexing stuff. For example:
  1. Being a developed country yet with crazy debt statistics (sometimes upto 99% of GDP or worse 4 times of your GDP). See the top 10 countries with the most debt and the Wikipedia list of countries by external debt. 
  2. Going to war to destroy then rebuild. Worst case putting in place military to keep the peace. For example, some countries at war with others or having serious internal strife contributing to UN Peace Keeping forces. See statistics here. (As at September, 2011). There are three (3) UN peace keeping missions in Sudan alone (That is a total of 18% of all peace keeping initiatives). Cost or rebuilding Iraq is US$ 44b in 2009 ( See Iraq Reconstruction Costs). Look at the costs - verbatim from Iraq Reconstruction Costs: Initial deployment of troops: $9 billion to $13 billion,Conducting the war: $6 billion to $9 billion per month,Returning forces to US: $5 billion to $7 billion and Temporary occupation of Iraq: $1 billion to $4 billion per month (Ridiculous!!!) 
  3. The UN talking about democracy yet it has a very unpopular veto system.The United Nations Security Council "power of veto" refers to the veto power wielded solely by the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, and United States), enabling them to prevent the adoption of any "substantive" draft Council resolution, regardless of the level of international support for the draft (from Wikipedia) . Since 1945, when the United Nations was founded, the Soviet Union and Russia have used their veto at the Security Council 120 times, the United States 76 times, Britain 32, France 18 and China only 5 (See BBC News).  In fact a number of countries have disobeyed the UN at times. Other countries have monarchies and say they have democracy. See this  link for forms of governments in the world.There are acqually very may forms of governments. Some are laughable  (see here).

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