Monday, June 04, 2007

Peace, ain't it wonderful?

"God willing, in the near future we will witness the destruction of the corrupt occupier regime [i.e., Israel]," says Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, which in a recent Global Peace Index study ranked 97 among the world's most peaceful nations, comfortable ahead of Israel at 119. The Economist is more or less responsible for the Index, which makes me wonder about the economic creds of the magazine's editors.

The US ranked 96 in the Index, which can be seen here. The top scorer was Norway, which 67 years ago was invaded by Germany, whose hands are piously folded in the top 10:

The Economist's editor explained that one reason that the US ranked so low was that it had in recent years created a "Pact Americana", suggesting that his grasp of the language is about on a par with his economic sense.


At 3:54 PM, Blogger Tim Harrington said...


Good to see that Ireland is no. 4 in the rankings. As the Washington Times article points out quite a change from what might be expected if the Index was complied in the 20th Century.

Of course its easy for a small, prosperous, homogenous country in Western Europe to score highly in such an Index.


At 8:29 AM, Blogger Dan Ford said...

Prosperous indeed, but to judge by the passengers on the plane from Heathrow to Cork last year, not as homogeneous as it once was!


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