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Every country on this poor pock-marked earth should yearn, no make that STRIVE, to be # 1 on this list.
What you might call the real Peace Train.
Well hats off to Iceland - # 1.
And hats off to Ireland, the country of my birth - # 6.
And hats off to my beloved country of choice, Canada - # 11.
AND HERE BE DRAGONS!
And where does the USA rank? Well it made the top 100 at # 97. Way behind Cuba and Rwanda. Countries were rated on various criteria such as human rights and levels of imprisonment of its citizens, etc.
The index looks at 24 indicators of external and internal measures of peace, including U.N. deployments overseas and levels of violent crime, respect for human rights, the number of soldiers killed overseas and arms sales
And the response of the US state department?
Commenting on the U.S. ranking, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said to realize a more peaceful and prosperous world, "Often times, you have to do difficult things and a lot of times, people don't agree with them. They don't like them."
"A lot of times you fall down in these lists but at the end of the day it is in defense of democracy and the way of life we have enjoyed over the past several decades," he added.
Yeah, we'll bomb y'all into peace. Wait 'n see.
And PS, Iraq has been bombed into last place on the list.
Aaaand PPS, Shouldn't peace be, like, the NORM????