I’m always reading the term “world leaders” in newspaper headlines like “Agenda Set For Summit Of World Leaders”.
First of all, to have any “world leaders”, it would first be necessary to acknowledge that we are all a single species living on a single planet, all subject to the same natural laws and all deserving of the same human rights.
We currently have no “world leaders”, but rather, leaders of nations, or gangs, fighting only for their own turf and rewarding members who do the work of producing bodies to sacrifice for that purpose in the form of invading and/or conquering others’ turf. This is called “patriotism”. Flags are just a different form of color-coded symbols sported by other kinds of less socially acceptable gangs, like bandannas.
If we had real world leaders, these summits would be for identifying the needs of humanity as a whole and working out cooperative solutions for successfully meeting those needs. Military forces would be police forces doing the important work of protecting people from those who would enslave or exploit them.
I’d much rather see drone strikes carried out against businessmen who go to Thailand to purchase young children for sex, or companies that render water undrinkable and air no longer breathable than against Muslim wedding parties that include innocent children.
Since we are all paying to fund these drone strikes, what target would you consider most worthy of destroying with your tax dollars?
© Copyright Andrea Walker October 2014