Weapons Don’t Fight Pandemics: Deutsche Welle

Security comes in many forms and some nations invest in broader preparation than others, as demonstrated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Writing for Deutsche Welle, Miodrag Soric argues that countries that focused on arms purchases rather than disaster preparedness struggle with the pandemic. “Tanks, fighter planes and aircraft carriers – where many crew members have fallen ill with the coronavirus – are useless against a pandemic,” he argues. “On the contrary, increased defense spending has often led to states diverting money away from health care systems, infrastructure networks and environmental protection measures.” He argues that the US and other leaders have long underestimated pandemics, climate change and environmental destruction as security threats. The pandemic could lead to more economic struggles and job losses, food shortages, riots and conflicts, populism, protectionism and poverty – with consequences worse than the outbreak itself. The world must cooperate to reduce security tensions, and that requires leadership. – YaleGlobal

Weapons Don’t Fight Pandemics: Deutsche Welle

COVID-19 pandemic puts security priorities into question as military force cannot contain virus outbreaks; governments may review weapon expenditures
Miodrag Soric
Monday, April 27, 2020

Read the article from Deutsche Welle about how governments must review security priorities and avoid overlooking pandemics or climate change as threats.

 “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.”   – Dwight D. Eisenhower

	Military expenditures (billions)	Deaths Covid-19 US	$750 	55,400 China	$237 	4632 Saudi Arabia	$67.60 	139 India	$61 	882 UK	$55.10 	20732 Germany	$50 	5976 Japan	$49 	372 Russia	$48 	747

Security: Powerful weapons do not prevent a pandemic - testing availability and case reporting varies widely among countries  (Source: Global Firepower and Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering)

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