GlobalWonk’s mission is simple: No New Cold War!
The United States can not afford, neither literally or figuratively, another Cold War style confrontation. We spend over half a trillion dollars* per year on defense. Shouldn’t we shift some of these resources into a better education for all of our children? How about research and development towards energy independence? What about securing all of the loose raw materials that could be used to create weapons of mass destruction (WMD) that are scattered around the world?
Just one-hundred billion dollars would allow us to make significant progress on these important issues overnight. Our resources must be deployed in a much more productive manner to meet our needs in an ever more complex world.
During the Cold War it was easy for both sides to demonize each other. This made it simple for governments to justify their actions, and to control their own population. During this time the average American had no contact with anyone from the Soviet Union.
General Brent Scowcroft, former National Security Advisor to President George Herbert Walker Bush, stated in a 2006 speech at a Chicago Council on Global Affairs event that, “We can not make China be our friend, but we can, through our actions, make them our enemy”.
We are not predestined to conflict with China, or any other country for that matter. It is entirely preventable. It is preventable through dialog. It is preventable by building poly-cultural ties between peoples of the world. We can not allow governments to define our relationships. We must strive to build these human connections ourselves.
GlobalWonk will contribute to this end by providing a forum for dialog and by attempting to break down complex global issues into actionable steps individuals and communities can take to build those all important cultural connections.
Ask yourself this question; What can I do?
* Anup Shah, World Military Spending, GlobalIssues.org, Last updated: Sunday, February 25, 2007