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“the decreasing risk of war”

One could argue that the occurrence, not the risk, is decreasing.

I personally am uneasy about the global situation because my country had a period of fighting no war in Europe for 43 years in a row – and then WWI happened. That’s not the only parallel.

People have lost respect for war. It’s not about “In the next war we will all die to red nukes!” any more. War has become an expensive form of foreign policy and reality TV with a little bit of Michael Bay.

There are furthermore a couple upstart powers – Indonesia, Turkey, Brazil, soon India and in a way even Saudi-Arabia – which may pay dearly sooner or later because their society has little memory of war’s horrors.

All this being said, the ‘wisdom of crowds’ is extremely poor in regard to risk management and thus also poor in regard to resource allocation.


@ SO – Good point. Some academics have argued the risk of war has gone up, the occurrence hasn’t.


Eric,

Do you believe that the best position from which to influence the world toward “safer and better” is the military/Officer Corps, or that pursuit of civilian careers in technology, medicine, sciences, and anything else which makes a strong contribution to societal progress is a superior path?

Put another way, for someone well aware of this phenomenon of a safer world, would it be wiser to invest in becoming a part of senior leadership and thus contribute to more rational, less warhawkish behavior, or to simply make the best contribution possible from without the institution?


@ Chris – Either way. I think you could make a strong argument that the military needs our country’s “best and brightest”, or I would argue, out moral, ethical minds. On a personal note, that’s a big reason why I, a pacifist, supported Michael C joining the Army. I wanted people like him in the institution. Frankly, in terms of letting us see the world so we can write about it, I’m proud of him joining.

I think having smart, moral people—who realize that killing isn’t the only way to fight a war—yes, that will help make the world a safer place. Ted Cruz just said he wants to get rid of the rules of engagement and nation-building. We need people in the military explaining to him how bad an idea that is.

Or as you pointed out, not arguing for more wars. We may write a post on this, but ironically, America as a nation, in some ways, has prevented the world from getting safer by fighting in some many wars.


Eric,

Not much to say other than thanks for a robust response. Appreciate the time you took having written back.

You both should be proud and all the happier that Michael’s able to pursue more substantive, enjoyable things but still undertook what he did.

Regarding your commentary, it all helps in carving out one’s own path toward a significant future… anyway, cheers and thanks again!