PEACEFUL, OR MAYBE NOT
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.”