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       Each less developed nation will keep a trained national militia suitably equipped for national and international disasters, and for maintaining civil order in times of need, but not for the burden of war. With the war burden gone in the less developed world, great changes could be obtainable in twenty years rather than 200. The developing nations in this program will be protected from outside interference by developed nations, acting when necessary as "police". There will be penalties for those who interfere with this peaceful progress.

 

Of the current 192 U.N. nations, perhaps 42 of them will be depositing credit chits with the U.N. and thus for 150 nations, it means that there is likely deposited in the U.N. some US$300 billion, each year for their use. If one nation does not make use of it, some other nation will. All they need to do is . . .

 

Each developing nation should insist on themselves creating "added value" to their natural resources (with due consideration to the societal and environmental impact) by processing these resources at home, rather than simply shipping only raw and crude materials abroad: phosphates, copper, chromium, aluminum, diamonds, uranium, oil, minerals, etc.  By this means considerably greater "wealth" is created in each developing nation, and will allow them much greater economic power for importation of necessary goods from abroad, e.g., exports from developed nations. Chits will be available for this type of development. Each democracy-oriented developing nation shall decide for itself what ultimate relationship with outside nations and agents best fits its needs.  They will ask, "Truly, who have been our friends?  Who can we trust? Who do we respect?"

 

By this new policy the destiny of the Less Developed World shall be molded by their own hands, free from exploitation by outsiders.  It becomes their responsibility.  Can the leaders of nations of the less developed world work together to make the 21st century *their* century?  They should consider the especially appropriate example of Japan in the period 1945 to 1970, a mountainous nation, poor in natural resources, socially and physically destroyed by war but in many ways recovered in 25 years.  Their greatest resource is their people, something that their old military government failed to understand and protect.  After 1945 a democratic non-militaristic Japan accomplished a great deal with help from its democratic friends.

 

To further assure and advance self-determination, development, and confidence for the people of all nations it is necessary to establish government and private international exchange programs involving 10,000 to 50,000 people per year - students, teachers, workers, farmers, artists, government officials, scientists, athletes and upper-bracket bureaucrats - for the purpose of finding creative new approaches to cooperation and development for mutual and world benefit.

 

The "Sister Cities Program" should be greatly expanded to include more of the less developed nations.  Does Timbuktu (in Mali) have a sister city in the Developed World?  Does your town have a sister city in the less developed world?  Important question: Why not?   Shall we soon be able to have sister cities in North Korea?  How about P'ungsan in the DPRK (North Korea)?

 

Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan was right on target with what Time magazine labeled "Kofi Doctrine," urging world intervention to stop massive human rights violations, but the doctrine falls far short without the complete and essential ameliorative steps proposed here.

 

Each year this program will see returned to the nonmilitary economies of the developed nations, in total, some US$ 300 billion!  Hence, this proposed program should greatly reduce unemployment in any nation participating.

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Raymond G. Wilson is an emeritus associate professor of physics at Illinois Wesleyan University who has taught about nuclear war issues since 1959. He is co-director of the Hiroshima Panorama Project in the United States and is associated with the (more...)
 
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