We Made Rules To Limit Violence & War & They Worked!
- As detailed in the first pages of the Introduction to our new book Rich & Peaceful posted on this website, with the rise of civilization, laws, schools, police, and ideas such as human rights over the centuries, violence has become far, far less common.
- After the 1925 Geneva Protocol outlawed poison gas warfare, nations held back and avoided its use in World War II.
- The Kellogg-Briand Pact of 1928, a treaty joined by 63 nations, mostly ended wars of conquest. This treaty only allowed war for self-defense and made it illegal for countries to benefit from wars by keeping the territory, goods, or people they defeated.
- In the 12 years before this treaty, some nation used war to take foreign lands every 10 months, with the average amount of land seized 114,088 square miles per year, roughly equal to 11 Crimeas.
- After World War II, the US, England, and France took no new lands and countries returned nearly all lands stolen in wars all the way back to 1928. Ever since, taking land by war is rare, with Russia taking Crimea and Israel taking much of Palestine the major exceptions.
- We have established treaties to ban chemical and biological weapons, blinding lasers, land mines, cluster munitions, and placing nuclear weapons in space or on the seabed.
- Even without treaties, the United States and Russia avoided the use of neutron bombs and anti-satellite weapons.
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