PEACE­FUL, OR MAYBE NOT

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

Land of the free, home of the brave — but Amer­ica may not be the most peace­ful spot on Earth ac­cord­ing to the 11th an­nual “Global Peace In­dex,” which bases judg­ment calls on a com­plex gauge of so­cial, eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal fac­tors, in­clud­ing rates of homi­cide and ter­ror­ism ac­tiv­i­ties.

The U.S. is now at No. 114, fall­ing 11 places over the last year, the anal­y­sis says, cit­ing “in­ter­nal con­flict” fol­low­ing the 2016 elec­tion, among other things. Ar­me­nia and Rwanda are just in front of Amer­ica on the list, El Sal­vador and China fol­low.

“Ice­land re­mains the most peace­ful coun­try in the world, a po­si­tion it has held since 2008. It is joined at the top of the in­dex by New Zealand, Por­tu­gal, Aus­tria, and Den­mark. There was also very lit­tle change at the bot­tom of the in­dex. Syria re­mains the least peace­ful coun­try in the world, fol­lowed by Afghanistan, Iraq, South Su­dan, and Ye­men,” the re­port said.

Most U.S. al­lies are in the top-20 of the in­dex, in­clud­ing Canada, Ja­pan, Aus­tralia, Ire­land and Ger­many. The United King­dom is at No. 41, how­ever.

The in­dex was pro­duced by the Aus­tralia-based In­sti­tute for Eco­nomics and Peace, which fig­ures that the im­pact of strife world­wide is $14.3 tril­lion. News is not all bad, though. In a nut­shell, the in­dex found that 93 na­tions be­came “more peace­ful” in the last year, 68 were “less peace­ful.”

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