Helmut Burkhardt, Toronto, 14-12-13
War is much more expensive than peace. War is also more dangerous and there is less justice in war than in peace. Why then did our ancestors fight wars and why do people today go to war instead of choosing peace? Life without conflict is only possible if there is no shortage of vital resources. Infinite resources in a finite world, was the false premises of peaceniks. Therefore, peace was seen as wishful thinking, and reality was that there will always be wars.
In the past the valid premises of the warriors was that wars can be won and the winner gains access to vital resources. However, with the advent of nuclear weapons this is no longer true and therefore, applying the law of force does no longer make sense; now the warriors are turned into unrealistic dreamers. It has become suicidal to fight a nuclear war when mutual assured destruction is guaranteed.
When therefore, in business as usual scenarios, both war and peace are unrealistic for future modes of survival, what needs to be done, what will a desirable future be like?
Resource scarcity, the root cause of conflicts must be eliminated. This is a politically inconvenient social and ecological truth. Humanity must exercise self-restraint. By implementing good global governance, realists must adjust human numbers in a fair way, must limit the per capita resource consumption, and must implement appropriate technology so that the ecological footprint of all humans is less than the ecological capacity of planet Earth.