Thursday, June 17, 2010

US ranked 85th in world's most peaceful

God bless Amurr'ca! Sing the song, Lee Greenwood! Get out your tissues, and your beer! What stirs up even more patriotic pride is, Iraq and Afghanistan rank among the most violent countries in the world. Gotta go. There's an Ice Road Truckers marathon on History Channel.

    Huffington Post -

    New Zealanders have the distinction of living in the world's most peaceful nation, according to a new report released Thursday.

    Prepared by the Sydney, Australia-based Institute for Economics and Peace, the Global Peace Index (GPI) annually ranks 149 countries based on a range of variables, including corruption, crime rates, military spending and access to primary education.

    The United States fared distinctly less well, coming in at 85th on the list, which placed us below both Cuba (72nd) and China (80th).

    The GPI also lists the world's most violent country as Iraq, followed by Somalia, Afghanistan, Sudan and Pakistan.

    The report also estimates that world peace would save $7 trillion annually, and argues that the money now spent on security could be re-invested to make a given country more prosperous.

    View the world's 15 most peaceful countries...