“Global Peace Index” Nonsense

“Vision of Humanity,” an international organization dedicated to “global peace,” “inclusiveness,” “cooperation” and “social equity,” has just issued its 2009 “Global Peace Index.”  The “index,” along with the description of the organization and its “analysis,” is actually rather funny; although I am sure its advocates and staff take seriously its work to improve chances for world “sustainability.”

Interestingly, there is no mention of “freedom” or “liberty” in the website for Vision of Humanity, but there is a listing of so-called “endorsers.”  Among its many endorsers are former President Jimmy Carter, businessman Ted Turner, and actor Michael Douglas (identified as a “United Nations Messenger of Peace”).

Political and social freedom play no role in Vision’s analysis of the world’s most peaceful and least peaceful nations.  Therefore in the eyes of this organization, tightly-controlled societies, including totalitarian states, would tend to outrank countries whose citizens enjoy much freedom.  Indeed, the Peace Index ranks many totalitarian states ahead of the United States as preferred, “peaceful” nations.  Some of the countries ranked ahead of the U.S. (#83 out of 144, and barely ahead of Kazakhstan) might be attractive destinations for certain persons fed up with our country’s “un-peaceful” status, including New Zealand (#1) and Canada (#8).  However, other more “peaceful” countries — including Cuba, China, Ukraine, Vietnam and Botswana, which are all ranked ahead of the United States – would be unlikely destinations.

It appears the peaceniks at Vision for Humanity have a lot of time on their hands, but little, if any, understanding of freedom, liberty and the many other attributes that make the U.S. such an attractive destination for citizens from around the world — including from those nations ranked ahead of America on this silly chart.

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June 5th, 2009
6:45 am

Bob, I have counted on you for years to bring to light all of the ways our government has been taking our freedoms and liberties. It was hypocrisy for Bush to go around the world screeching about human rights when he condoned torture, created Gitmo, got rid of habeas corpus, sanctioned warrantless wiretaps, the Patriot Act, etc. Then, to see Obama stand in front of the Constitution and Bill of Rights to say, “maybe military tribunals aren’t so bad after all” for some of the Gitmo detainees (many of whom have been held in prison for over seven years, with no charges being brought against them because there is no evidence that they are guilty of any crime) was, again, the height of hypocrisy. Our politically correct society has forced us to self-censor our words. We can say the “n-word”, but not the word. We can try people for “hate crimes”, meaning we can not only try people for what they do, but what we think they think–how Orwellian! So, please don’t quibble with the results of this ranking. I think we deserve to be behind countries that at least are honest about their despots. It beats our hypocrisy any day. We rely on you to point these indiscretions out to us…don’t fail us now when we need you the most!


June 5th, 2009
6:52 am

I did not see the article, I wonder where the Congo ranks, the United Nations has had people there for a while so it must be ranked right up there with Rwanda.


June 5th, 2009
7:45 am

So there’s no mention of “freedom” or “liberty” in an index assessing different countries’ “peace index”? Gosh. I wonder if they also left out “GDP” and “average height above sea level” and “annual rainfall,” and other totally irrelevant stuff?

Nice use of “sarcasm quotes” on every other “word,” though, Mr. “Barr.” Real “classy” commentary; I “congratulate” you.

Turd Furgeson

June 5th, 2009
8:33 am

Peace index?!! No Bob…say it isnt so!! If Jimmy Carter has anything to do with it it cant be good. I wonder how the Hot wind bag Al Goron is involved…I smell his stinch all wrapped up in this pseudo intellectual institution.


June 5th, 2009
8:36 am

Just another group who claim to be wise and thus became fools.

Michael H. Smith

June 5th, 2009
9:36 am

The Methodology and Data Sources used by the Global Peace Index.


It doesn’t take very long to find out why the U.S. ranks 83 out of 144 nations. Can you name another country that has the 2nd amendment rights enjoyed by U.S. citizens (or at least for the moment we do)?

Then again, countries that do not enjoy the same 2nd amendment rights of U.S. citizens usually don’t enjoy the same 1st amendment rights of anyone in this country either, now do they Mr. Barr?

Interesting analogy.


June 5th, 2009
11:20 am

Let’s see: the category “Ease of access to small arms and light weapons”: US scores 3, Switzerland scores 2 (lower numbers=”more peaceful”). Every household in Switzerland has access to fully automatic weapons (i.e. assault rifles in the correct definition).
“Number of jailed population per 100,000 people”: we score 5 (lowest). God forbid if we were to actually prosecute and incarcerate the very people who are the most violent amongst us (you would think that would increase our “peaceful” ranking). China ranks 1.5 (much better) in this category. They have a more permanent solution for dissidents…anybody remember that solution being applied, say, 20 years ago?

I agree with Barr….this report is junk.


June 5th, 2009
11:32 am

Did any of your hear about an American citizen who could vote turned muslim, went to middle east training camps, came back to America, and killed a Soldier at a recruiting station. The murderer stated he did it for what American soldiers have done. Have you heard?

Why was it a white soldier? Have you heard?

Did any of you hear about that? It happened at the beginning of the week! Some say it was not covered by the elite media while KOTUS was putting down America overseas. Have you heard?

Has Bigot DOJ AG Eric Holder pardoned him yet or dismissed the charges like the black extremists who were intimidating voters with clubs? Maybe the murderer promised Eric Holder he would not do it again. Have you heard?


June 5th, 2009
12:04 pm

This is more empty Globalist claptrap falling right in-line with other IGO mandates/missions. We Americans & our (so-called) “leaders” need to have steadfast focus on saving our (quickly fading) Constitutional Republic & the freedoms it was founded upon. Foreign entanglements & international policing are not what our Founding Fathers (like patriot Jefferson) had in mind!

Michael H. Smith

June 5th, 2009
1:15 pm

Eric Holder, ACORN, Sotomayor, The New Black Panthers and the U.S. conversion to Islam.

Ah, the virtues of “Identity (group) Politics”. :(


June 5th, 2009
1:39 pm

Willie, you seem obsessed with posting about your favorite news story on opinion blogs about completely different topics.

What was it that drew you here? Was it my use of the term “completely irrelevant”?

Ms. Norris

June 5th, 2009
2:00 pm

Freedom is often not conducive to peace. That’s why we need to face the fact democracy is not for everyone. That’s why it failed in ancient Greece and Rome. The people were not ready for it. With freedom comes great responsibility. Are we ready for it? Anyway, some people need to be ruled with an iron fist just to keep the peace. If any people are not willing to fight and die for their freedom, then they are not ready for it. It is past time America stops trying to bring freedom and democracy to the whole world. It’s an exercise in futility.

Having said all that, I’m sure China is really peaceful and I would still rather live in the USA.


June 5th, 2009
2:18 pm

Good point, Ms. Norris. WE love our democracy; other cultures may not want it for themselves, and that’s just fine. It’s not our problem. If they want to set up a different type of government for themselves, why should we care, much less interfere?

Billy Bob

June 5th, 2009
2:20 pm

You nailed it on Vision of Humanity’s pointed head: If you opened the borders to EVERY country in the world, where would people go?

Case closed.

Turd Ferguson

June 5th, 2009
3:07 pm

Send Al Goron over to N Korea to negotiate for those journalists release and he could also blow hot air about global warming this silly peace index.


June 5th, 2009
3:27 pm

Thanks for the information Mr. Barr. Interesting ranking for what it’s worth. Who was it that said “Blessed are the Peacemakers”? Maybe we could aspire to be better than we are…would that be so bad. 83rd seems somewhat embarrassing considering the competition. Should we aspire to be higher on this list, don’t see why not, maybe the top fifty would be a reasonable goal….what do you think. “Shining city on a hill”, not yet.


June 5th, 2009
3:44 pm

On reflection, I think–I can’t be sure, mind you, but I THINK–that Mr. Barr’s anger and contempt atem from the notion that the “Peace Index” didn’t shout “U-S-A! U-S-A!” continuously…. that they point out that other nations rank ahead of the U.S. in certain aspects.

Of course, this is unsurprising. Great as America is, we can’t be #1 at EVERYTHING, and no one’s saying we should be. We should always try to be the best country we can be, naturally… but other countries can and will outrank us in some areas. Environmental protections. Infant mortality. Availability of healthcare. Literacy rate. And so on.

Peace, it appears, is one of those areas where America is NOT Number One. I wonder if we can change that?


June 5th, 2009
4:07 pm

Wonder what the global peace ranking would be if the US had sat out WWI (and any other wars after it)?

Wonder if we would have been victorious in WWII with the liberal controlled national media we’ve had since the start of Vietnam?

Wonder if Jimmy Carter, Ted Turner, and Michael Douglas know Delta and a number of other airlines sell oneway tickets to leave the USA, any day they’re ready to move to one of the lower scoring countries?

Mrs. Norris

June 5th, 2009
4:29 pm

It was Jesus who said, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called ‘the sons of God’”. It’s one of the Beatitudes.


June 5th, 2009
4:58 pm

So, as I understand it, the Peace Index is a measure of how willing the citizens of a country are to bend over and take it regardless of how awful the crimes their government perpetrates on this. That being the case, I am proud of how low the USA ranks. I hope we will continue to drop lower, but I fear that this is unlikely given how entrenched the “peace at any price” mentality has become in our society.


June 5th, 2009
4:59 pm

perpetrates on them, I should have said.

Ferd Turgson

June 5th, 2009
6:59 pm

Has anyone besides the authors and Barr even looked at this report. If so, why?

You can tell by the report title that it will be subjective information with solely the purpose of pushing and agenda. It’s like “Focus on the Family.” The name is completely specious crap.

Neil Wanstall

June 5th, 2009
10:19 pm

Get over it Guys the good ol U S is not the number “won” Bleat! Bleat! !! Get over it and Grow

Michael H. Smith

June 6th, 2009
3:03 am

US: Indicator information

Respect for human rights… 3

Level 3. Imprisonment for political activity is more extensive. Politically-motivated executions or other political murders and brutality are common. Unlimited detention, with or without a trial, for political views is also commonplace;

Hmmm, wonder why this elitists group of global pontificators gave the U.S. a level 3 assignment for the respect of human rights?

No doubt Carter, Douglas and Turner would immediately respond with GITMO as the reason behind the level 3 assignment?

Otherwise they have a very bogus claim. Even with that said, that one particular of GITMO is problematic when taking into account our U.S. Constitution has no clearly established article to address the “special case” presented by “radical terrorists” like those now held in GITMO.

True enough, the bill of rights is for all practical intents and purposes human rights amendments. However, given the nature of radical Islamic terrorists and what we know of them Bob Barr, would we defend the right of say, Osama Bin Laden to bear arms?

Also extend to a, Osama Bin Laden, as well as others of his ilk the same rights of privacy under the 4th amendment?

More and more I’m beginning to believe it may be time to call for a Constitutional Convention. Between a Federal government that has overreached its’ Constitutional mandates often intruding upon the reserved Rights of the States and a world that has finally exceeded even our founding forefathers amazing abilities to fathom the ages beyond the measure of their times, their unquestionable order indeed may need a realigning.

Judging from our founding forefather’s prerogatives based on their treatment of the British loyalists during the revolution they would have probably either executed or exiled these GITMO detainees by this time. Without any doubt they would have brought the GITMO detainees to trail long before now, notwithstanding their frequent paradoxes of no less measure than presently our own.

Is the line between liberty and tyranny too vague in a world now often found in the grey?

The AMAZING GodHatesTrash, Superstar

June 6th, 2009
10:16 pm

Well, the wingnuts are well-armed and trigger-happy. Any wingnutter looney-tune can get their hands on enough guns and bullets to take out a score of people at the local post office or grocery store because they think the liquor tax is too high, or they wouldn’t take their food stamps.

They’re shooting people in churches, getting arrested for threatening to kill Obama and now Sotamayor, and buying up all the guns and bullets they can get their greasy paws on. They cheerlead a war where over 100,000 innocent civilians have been slaughtered. And they are fervent believers in Armageddon and they deeply desire to see the end of the world. I’m surprised we ranked as high as we did.

Michael H. Smith

June 6th, 2009
11:15 pm

Michael H. Smith

June 6th, 2009
11:17 pm

Oh, and here’s a’nutter bunch of committed gun wingnuters


Michael H. Smith

June 6th, 2009
11:23 pm

Yep, they’re armed to the teeth. grrrr… they mean business Neo-libs!



June 7th, 2009
6:35 am

I haven’t seen the report nor do I expect to but, from what Mr. Bob Barr, a great american, said above, the whole nonsense should be completely dismissed because of the first name mentioned as an endorser…..Jimmy Carter….this man is totally and completely irrelevent and a “Nut” job besides that.


June 7th, 2009
7:49 am

As you are “Freely” going about your business Bob, if a policeman ask for your papers, you WILL produce them. It is law now.
If you do not comply, you may join the world’s largest incarcerated population.
But, you are not doing anything wrong, so there is nothing to worry about , right?

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Rolf Kielland

July 18th, 2009
4:45 am

Nonsens? Let me know how you would rank them? You think the 20% or so of the US population living below the poverty limit agree with you that USA is the best place in the world to live? I am Norwegian and happens to agree that Norway is a lot better to live in than USA, or Somalia, or a lot of other countries on the list. Suggest you refrain from non-constructive critisism unless you have a better alternative up you sleeves. At the very best, shut up.