It is one of the tragedies of our day, that while half of the world’s population is wrecked in a never satisfied hunger, poverty stricken, and diseases infested, vast amounts of money and resources are spent by great powers on armaments, which if diverted to satisfying basics human needs of the poorer people of the world, could transform their lives and restore to them their human dignity, their happiness in the present, and their confidence in the future.
Disarmament must be achieved not only because in this fashion would the threat of war be dispelled, but, equally because only through a drastic reduction in military budgets of the great powers, can the vast resources required to save all mankind to the level of free men be freed for these purposes
Real and effective disarmament can be achieved, and the funds now spent in the arms race devoted to the amelioration of man’s state; were we to concentrate only on the peaceful uses of nuclear knowledge, how vastly and in how short a time the conditions of mankind could be changed.
What the economically backward countries are looking forward to however, is the application of the money now dumped on destructive armaments, to the solution of economic problems. Fully supporting the idea, Ethiopia has participated in disarmament conferences and unfailingly is struggling for world peace and man’s welfare and prosperity.
A recent research conducted by elites of the World Health Organization opted that only 10 percent of the budget allocated towards the production and purchase weapons around the world, can actually end global poverty. However, while European leaders are centered on increasing the military strength of their countries, and producing nuclear weapons, the African leaders are more interested in looting their country’s treasury and banking the money abroad. Meanwhile, millions of people die of global poverty annually.It is indeed a misplaced priority.
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