Just read that the world military expenditure increased by 37 per cent since 1997 to about $1200 billion in 2006. A really huge number…

Somehow that made me think whether there is a “simple” way to avoid wars.

Usually, those who decide to start a war are not those who effectively fight (and die) in that war. The decoupling of those two groups makes it “easier” to start a war, as “only” anonymous soldiers have to die. So maybe we could avoid some wars if those who decide to start a war are also involved in its execution by providing a close relative to the front lines. Then it becomes personal. They no longer send anonymous soldiers to a war but also a close relative. And maybe he/she won’t come back…

I think such an approach could influence the decision whether to go to war or not, at least it would influence me if I would be in such a position.

What do you think about such an approach, could it decrease the number of wars?