Arms versus Bread
This is with reference to last month’s cover story on the purchase of arms and ammunitions by poor countries in the name of national defence at the cost of depriving their nations with basic food, education and health. In general, overspending on arms seems to be an upshot of continued insecurity in the region, restricting vulnerable countries from spending on the social security of their people. However, the irony of providing protection to the nation becomes more apparent when the lot of well-protected people are left with little or nothing to eat and are fated to lead miserable lives. On the other hand, those safeguarding the country’s borders not only enjoy social security but also have a well-defined career path, as well as a satisfactory plan on how to lead a decent life after retirement. More than the arms-versusbread conundrum, the misery mostly refers to the flawed priorities of a state that helps its citizens sleep hungry but peacefully every night.