probably a country with a corrupt government like most of the Arab countries. But they would also be poor since there aren't many resources to be exploited in Israel like oil.
Represented by this map:
for patriotism, but let's get real!
Yako: No, I'm not. At all.
Iraq is a pretty starkly different story, though. Even if it could be argued that the democratic government in Baghdad now is an improvement over Saddam Hussein.
In response to bezz: human rights and humanitarian factors are part of the equation in deciding US foreign policy and interventions, but obviously far from the only consideration. Invading Saudi Arabia would be catastrophically destabilizing. And Iraq was not invaded because of 9/11; Republicans were planning on invading Iraq before 9/11 even happened. Invading Afghanistan was because the Taleban was hosting Al Qaeda leadership there, not because the 9/11 hijackers were Iraqi...
I guess that leaves human rights and they probably lead that list, that must be what put them over the finish line. But I didn't think of it. Was mostly just guessing countries with ongoing internal conflicts.
Those commenting most passionately above about their own prejudices obviously don't care to look... but... there it is. Things like incarceration rates, military spending, and ease of access to weapons actually are factored in; and this is probably why the US ranks pretty damn low (114th, right behind Rwanda)... but it's still nowhere near the bottom of the list and those of you complaining that it's not in the bottom 20 are obvious bigots.
Then someone posts "My country isn't so bad you're a bigot". This post is obviously rude, but it is probably true, and they didn't start the fight so I leave it up. Then, the next person posts "Haha, you're a nincompoop". I usually just delete the rest of the thread. The question is, should I delete all the comments in the thread?
I'm fine with free speech and leaving all comments up. The only thing I find a bit irritating is when follow-up comments are deleted while the original offending comment is left in place. So I'd say either delete them all or delete none of them.
Can't argue France or the UK, except that the index is not about who started the most wars throughout history.
We can hope that this is an upward trend. Some day we can all complain about China being the great Móguǐ, and Americans can start criticizing everyone for things that they were more guilty of in the recent past, once their country has become obsolete (Trump hard at work on this now). But I'm curious to see if the Chinese will do any better. If I live that long.
Also the UK: Why do you hate us?
I know there's Caucasus and its terrorism, but still the countries I mention have more security problems than Russia.
Russia has also been involved in less wars than US in the last years.
- United States
Also, we could update this thing. The data has been updated twice since 2017's numbers.
My personal point of view is that nation-states and borders ought to be abolished. But I understand that currently this is an unrealistic goal. And it's also not a position that is shared by any Democrat or Republican holding elected office.
Why would you want the complete elimination of borders? The west will be flooded with immigrants if we allow them to freely enter and stay.
American liberals, at least the ones currently in elected office, for the most part are against what they see as racism and xenophobia. They understand that immigration makes the country stronger and so argue against people who say that Mexicans are leeching off the state or that they are predisposed toward being criminals, which isn't true. They also generally are more sympathetic..
As to my own personal views: I believe that states and borders ought to be abolished because I'm in favor of people having the freedom to move about. I have spent most of my life moving around to different countries; and just because I was born in the United States I don't think that this makes me special or any more deserving of having a strong passport than anyone else. I won a lottery that I didn't even have to buy a ticket for. If you had the misfortune of being born in Bangladesh I would not think that you were less of a person for this, or deserved to be condemned to a life of abject poverty because of this.
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