MEANING OF COMPLETE WORLD DISARMAMENT
planet Earth is now bristling with the weapons of war.
Almost every nation-state has its own armed forces.
For our planet to be disarmed probably requires the creation of a World
which will make national military forces unnecessary.
Once the World Peace Force proves that it can keep the peace,
then each nation of the world can give up its armaments.
1. AVOID PREMATURE DISARMAMENT
ALL NATIONAL WEAPONS OF WAR
STANDING MILITARY FORCES
4. REPLACING THE WARRIOR CULTURE OF EACH NATION
WHEN ANY GROUP NEEDS PROTECTION OR DEFENSE,
THEY WILL CALL UPON THE WORLD PEACE FORCE
INSTEAD OF TRYING TO RE-ARM THEMSELVES.
THE WORLD PEACE FORCE WILL PREVENT KILLING
MEANING OF COMPLETE WORLD DISARMAMENT
by James Leonard Park
Never before in all of human history
has there ever been a time when human beings did not possess weapons.
Weapons of war were sometimes used to capture new lands and people.
But in recent history, the weapons of war
were always said to exist in order to defend the nation.
In the history of the USA, this 'change' of purpose
was even reflected in the name of the department
that controlled the weapons of war.
It was originally known as the War Department;
now it is called the Department of Defense.
(And during the 'cold war' between the West and the Soviet bloc,
it might better have been known as the Department of Nuclear
Complete disarmament means that there will no longer
any national military forces.
This will be possible only after a World Peace Force has emerged
and probably has about 1 million men and women employed full-time
to maintain peace everywhere on planet Earth.
The United States of American has been acting as the
de facto world policeman.
We have 700 military bases outside of the borders of the USA.
(And, of course, we have even more soldiers stationed within the USA.)
And we have the capacity to extend our military might anywhere we
We have not always respected the borders of other nations,
when it seemed to us that they need help.
For example, if they were not controlling terrorists,
we have not hesitated to take over their countries
in order to do the job better.
Afghanistan would be the prime, recent example of this.
And unmanned drones have been used to kill 'terrorist' leaders in
1. AVOID PREMATURE
As long as there are national military forces that
can cause problems,
there will have to be other
national military forces to keep them in
Which nations would disarm while their perceived 'enemies' still have
But once the World Peace Force is up to sufficient strength,
then the national governments will see the economies of reducing
and eventually eliminating their own national armed forces.
The World Peace Force will have to prove itself in
Once the World Peace Force has shown that it can defeat and disarm
the military forces of renegade nations,
then the peoples of the Earth will welcome the new
created by the World Court and the World Peace Force.
2. ELIMINATE ALL
WEAPONS OF WAR
Over the centuries of human history, the weapons of
warfare have advanced.
In the earliest times, all weapons were held in human hands.
They were used to kill the enemy one person at a time.
Sticks and rocks were probably the first weapons of war.
Later, weapons that could kill
at a distance were developed.
Spears and arrows were also used against wild animals,
either to prevent them from killing and eating humans
or to kill the wild animals and eat them.
Because such weapons are so easy to make (or pick
it would be impossible to eliminate all such individual weapons
items such as knives that could easily be used as weapons.
Modern times have created huge weapons of warfare:
Ocean-going war ships, tanks, & planes have become such a common
that it would be difficult to imagine a world without these.
But it could happen.
Imagine a planet where the weapons of warfare
are possessed exclusively by a planetary peace force.
If and when this happens on the planet Earth,
it will mean that all nations have given up
their armies, navies, & air forces.
No more warplanes will be manufactured or possessed by anyone.
There will be no more warships of any kind,
since they will have no role in keeping world peace.
And there will be no national armies—with
all of their machinery and equipment.
3. NO STANDING
Under the coming condition of complete disarmament,
there will no longer by any human beings employed by any nation
for the purpose of 'defending' that nation.
All needs for defense will be fulfilled by the World Peace Force.
Having no military budgets and no military personnel
will be one of the easiest ways to enforce complete disarmament.
It is very difficult to hide the fact that some people
are engaged in preparing for warfare.
The World Peace Force will exist everywhere on the planet
So they will know whenever anyone is trying to organize a military
And they will take all actions necessary to disarm any such groups.
Most of the national weapons of warfare are very
difficult to hide.
Where would one conceal
an aircraft carrier?
And even military airplanes would be hard to hide.
If no nation is permitted to have weapons of war,
then all national military bases and armed forces would disappear.
And the peace-loving peoples of the Earth would make sure
that no nation is secretly rebuilding a military capacity.
No nation will have a military budget.
Since the various nation-states will no longer need any defense,
no tax-monies will be devoted to any national military expenditure.
In the USA, this will be a huge relief to the taxpayers.
And we will be glad to give some of our tax-money to the World Peace
because we no longer have any need for the Pentagon
and the thousands of other parts of our former military budget.
When even Americans embrace the love of peace,
we will report to the World Peace Force
if ever any individual Americans begin to rearm themselves.
We will simply not tolerate any human beings being trained for war.
When men or women anywhere in the world
feel called to the military life,
they can apply to join the World Peace Force
instead of joining the army, navy, or air force of any nation.
The armed forces formerly operated by any nation
will exist only as historical memory,
just as there is no longer a need for posses in the western United
When we have a much better way of keeping the peace,
then national military forces could only do harm.
National leaders will govern without depending on military force.
4. REPLACING THE WARRIOR
CULTURE OF EACH NATION
It will probably take a generation or more after the
establishment of the World Peace Force,
but eventually national pride in military forces will disappear.
When the last person ever employed
by any branch of the armed forces of the USA has died,
then there will be no more need for new military cemeteries.
We can honor the military leaders of history,
but we will not be creating any more national heroes
who made their mark by fighting for the homeland.
Instead, we can honor those who devoted their lives
to keeping world peace.
All members of the World Peace Force will, of course,
come from particular nation-states.
And each country will find its own ways of honoring
those who die in the course of enforcing world law.
Perhaps there will be special cemeteries for them.
But, more likely, they will be buried (or otherwise remembered)
in the same ways that we honor all human beings who have died.
This could be similar to the ways we now honor
who served as local police officers:
There is no need to say that they served their country.
Rather they served the people who were protected by their services.
When they retire and later die,
they are honored by their own families
without involving any national leaders.
Likewise, most of the officers of the World Peace
will retire rather
than be killed in the line
In their old age, they will return to their countries of origin,
live out their peaceful retirements and be honored
in whatever private ways are common for their people.
Their years of service in the World Peace Force will be duly recognized.
But there will no longer be any talk about them defending their own
They served to keep the peace
of the whole planet Earth.
During the U.S. military occupations of
Iraq and Afghanistan,
it was somewhat awkward to honor the U.S. military personnel who died.
When our soldiers were blown up patrolling the roads of a distant
in what sense were they 'defending America'?
Those who planted the bombs to kill American military men and women
were acting in what they perceived to be their national interest:
They wanted to kill the foreign invaders who have taken over their
However, if the World Peace Force were patrolling
they would be welcomed
by all peace-loving people.
Instead of attempting to impose a strange system of government,
the World Peace Force would be perceived to be preventing killing in
so that the local people could eventually create a new government of
their own devising.
5. WHEN ANY GROUP NEEDS
PROTECTION OR DEFENSE,
WILL CALL UPON THE WORLD
OF TRYING TO RE-ARM
Tribal feelings will not disappear once the World
Peace Force is established.
But tribal feelings will no longer lead to warfare between the tribes.
Because the World Peace Force will be the only military force on the
the WPF can send all necessary troops
to keep the peace between hostile tribes.
Nations will occasionally experience the collapse of
which could lead to tribal killing.
But instead of allowing the tribes to arm themselves against their
the World Peace Force will send however many men and women are needed
to keep the peace between hostile groups.
And the World Peace Force might have to use thousands of their troops
to keep the peace in a fractured nation
while the peaceful leaders of that nation re-create
whatever form of government seems best to them.
A world-wide change of consciousness will be
since the military impulse has been so strong
since the beginning of
After a few generations of positive experience with the World Peace
children of every nation will grow up assuming that the World Peace
will deal with the problems that used to lead to warfare.
When people anywhere in the world feel threatened in
they will first call upon their local police for protection.
If the local police have been doing their job well,
individual troublemakers and small groups of law-breakers
can easily be identified and arrested.
And if ever violent groups become too large for the
everyone who knows about them will call the World Peace Force,
who can disarm any gangs with whatever force is necessary.
And the World Peace Force can maintain whatever level of presence is
to prevent those gangs from arming themselves once again.
The World Peace Force will also operate prisons,
where violators of world peace will be kept
until their recover from their violent inclinations.
6. THE WORLD PEACE FORCE WILL PREVENT KILLING
Local police might occasionally call upon the
superior forces of the World Peace Force
when they cannot handle problems emerging in a certain place.
Because the World Peace Force will
have bases in every country of the
they will be ready to step in with the most appropriate forces.
And they will have soldiers who speak the languages of
Only the worst local situations will require officers of the World
stationed in other
countries to come in temporarily to restore order.
Once any particular crisis has been resolved,
the soldiers of the World Peace Force can return to their regular
Sometimes local police forces will be corrupted by
drug-money or tribal loyalty.
In those cases, the peace-loving people of that locality
will call upon the World Peace Force to enforce law-and-order,
even if that requires shooting the corrupt local police.
Some leaders will attempt to use local and national police
for their own political purposes.
In such cases, the World Peace Force might be required to restore
while the political situation is resolved.
When a former nation-state has fragmented,
the World Peace Force might have to prevent killing from every side
until some new order emerges.
Perhaps a failed state will sub-divide into smaller nations.
Each new state will have its own system of government.
And no particular system of government will be enforced by the World
The planet Earth will have several different systems
once the World Peace Force comes into its own.
Some nations will have hereditary monarchies.
Some nations will be governed by religious leaders.
Some nations will be controlled by one political party.
Some nations will operate like huge corporations.
Some nations will choose various forms of democracy.
The only forms of government that will no longer be possible
will be military
dictatorships, which were formerly possible
because whoever controlled the national armed forces could control that
When no country has its own armed forces,
then military dictators cannot emerge or survive.
The disarmament of the planet Earth will create a
new era for the world.
When national military forces no longer exist anywhere,
what new forms of human government might we invent?
April 2, 2009; Revised 5-6-2009; 8-2-2009; 3-20-2011; 8-14-2011;
10-26-2011; 11-20-2011; 7-4-2012; 1-24-2013
James Park is an independent existential philosopher,
living and writing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Much more about him will be discovered on his website:
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