by Jerry Alatalo
“Not one statesman in a position of responsibility has dared to pursue the only course that holds out any promise of peace, the courage of supra-national security, since for a statesman to follow such a course would be tantamount to political suicide.”
Last written words of ALBERT EINSTEIN (1879-1955) – German born, Swiss-American scientist
he scientist and intellectual known world-wide left this Earth and humanity with the message of an international military/security organization being the only course to peace. After the sixty years since the passing of Albert Einstein, has the time arrived for humanity to seriously consider his thoughtful suggestion?
Whether the peace development concept Einstein offered in his last days gets called a military or law enforcement/police force is a small consideration in contrast to the very significant positive benefits of establishing such a force. Nearly every man or woman having an awareness of Albert Einstein’s contributions to the human race would agree that he was the kind of person who only spoke after careful and scientifically based thinking.
In other words, Einstein was one of those men and women who, when they talked or wrote, moved people to understand the ideas presented were worth making the effort to grasp. In this instance, where he shared his views on options for establishing peace on Earth, was Einstein on to something whose time now in 2015 has finally arrived?
Some may disagree and assess that Einstein’s proposal is either impracticable or impossible in a world more complex than the days when he walked the Earth, but Einstein was correct and his idea deserves becoming pursued, analyzed, planned and implemented into reality. As one who considers himself “science-challenged”, let’s explore Einstein’s theory of peace creation some in a non-scientific manner.
Perhaps comparing today’s global security landscape, with its hundreds of separate national military organizations, to Einstein’s supra-national, single military/police force is a good starting point. Imagine a city with a 100,000 population and its police force of 200 men and women. The department has been organized to maximize communication and teamwork and efficiency for carrying out its purpose of serving, protecting and preventing harm and destruction to the city’s residents in their persons, homes and business.
Now, if one considers the Earth as one city for all the world’s citizens, hundreds of separate national military organizations results in the opposite of the 100,000 population city’s police department as related to communication, teamwork and efficiency. Because of the current international military state of affairs where there still exists widely held “us against them” perception, reaching the potential security success Einstein envisioned – peace – remains beyond reach.
The process of developing a supra-national security force begins when people around the world start a serious dialogue weighing the pros, cons, constraints and possibilities of bringing the concept to reality. Statistics related to every nation’s spending, staffing and manufacturing in the military arena are easily accessible and when compiled offers a universal viewpoint from which to start the planning stage.
In the planning stage, all the various aspects of the possible global organization become studied, analyzed and compared, then detailed organization, equipment and personnel structure models become created for consideration and agreement before going on to further development discussions along the process. Among other considerations are answering the questions of how many men and women each nation will send to serve, what an ideal arrangement of nationalities at each base/department around the world will look like, the best size force for each base of operations in the various regions, emphasis on higher staffing levels in regions with a history or potential of violence, the amount and variety of available equipment for each base, etc.
The greatest beneficial, transformative result of establishing a global, cooperative police/military force is elimination of an “us against them” perception, and the building of a “no enemies, only criminals” reality. Terrorist groups like ISIS, Boko Haram, al Qaeda etc. atrocities, along with instances of state-sponsored terror, will be correctly perceived as criminal actions, the same as fraud, robbery, assault and battery, etc., but at the highest scale of harm.
Those men and women serving around the Earth in a world police force will become seen by all as the best of the best, noble and protectors of one human family. Little by little, humanity will understand that there are those few who are willing to harm others and then there are the majority who wish to live and let live in peace. Just as traditional law enforcement agencies, the world police force will have a branch dealing with international financial or white-collar crimes, consisting of accountants and attorneys whose work is about preventing non-physical harm. A multinational branch for dealing with cyber-crime is also a part of the organization.
When a world police force replaces the current military configuration of hundreds of separate national groups of military personnel, equipment and weaponry, governments will become able to drastically reduce their expenditures on the military. In America, this means the multiyear trillion-dollar expenditure recently proposed for “upgrading” the U.S. nuclear arsenal becomes unnecessary. The annual spending on the military in the United States alone, reportedly over $700 billion, can become greatly reduced, and the funds saved can then be directed toward projects which improve citizens’ health and well-being.
With realization of an international military/police agency comes the need to expand capacity of international judicial systems, and that means the International Criminal Court. That legal institution will need more attorneys, judges and personnel to handle an international inflow of cases, which as time moves on will decrease as a result of new thinking on Earth.
One more benefit of pursuing and acting upon Einstein’s proposal is creation of one central location where the world’s people are able to find truth. No longer will people obtain their information about world events from biased, propagandistic, erroneous or intentionally deceptive sources, but will turn directly to the International Criminal Court records of legal actions, or to spokespersons for the world police force in regions around the world. Instances of violence based on wrong perceptions will steadily decrease as more people learn what’s really occurring, thereby diminishing misguided, unfortunate criminal actions.
All nations, after careful study and consideration of such a beneficial law enforcement organization becomes completed, will need to agree on working to plan and create it, while those nations who oppose such an international system will become forced to present a rational, detailed argument for their opposition. Those opposed will have to explain why continuance of the world’s military status-quo is better for humanity than Einstein’s supra-national security.
Albert Einstein was 76 years old and very close to death when he made his profound suggestion. A person who realizes their time on Earth has become short has a great tendency to get very serious in their communications, especially on grave matters of war and peace. Read Mr. Einstein’s last written words again and know that he was very serious.
The following link takes you to the United Nations official website and a video of its recent 7,373rd meeting of the Security Council. Much of the 90-minute meeting (in English, others language options available) focuses on regions currently experiencing wars and violence on Earth. For those who decide to hear what members of the Security Council have to say, please keep in mind the peace suggestion of one man who went by the name of Albert Einstein.