About the Menso Guide to War

My name is Christopher Haynes (“Menso”) and I present to you the Menso Guide to War, Conflict and World Issues. The Menso Guide to War is an analysis of the conflicts in our world that lead to violence, with emphasis on Asia.

I am most interested in ethnic conflict, public perceptions of war and the War on Drugs. Ethnic conflict is probably the deadliest form of war, built on the twin brain diseases of racism and nationalism, curable with respect and understanding. The War on Drugs is the most easily preventable conflict in the world, but it continues due to myopic policies and disguised self-interest. Both need to end.

I want us to understand and eliminate violent conflict on a world scale. I believe we can end the big conflicts in our society that threaten our security by understanding them better. And when I say “our” security, I mean that of the whole world. I am a world citizen. Here a few of the questions we will explore in the Menso Guide to War.

How do human nature and psychology lead to violence?

How do religion, culture, education and societal structure lay the foundations for conflict? Why do they lead some societies away from it? How can they be changed?

What is similar about all war, regardless of location and scope?

Why does terrorism cause responses so disproportionate to the pain it inflicts?

Why are the Middle East and Africa so prone to conflict, while places like Europe and East Asia have all but eliminated it?

Why are there so many nationalists and so few internationalists?

What is the role of moderates in war and conflict, and what leads people to extremism?

I am a political scientist, dedicated to understanding and improving the world.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

9 Responses to “About the Menso Guide to War”

  1. knowledgetoday Says:

    I love your site. Keep it up !

  2. What Ever Says:

    Why eliminate violent? What’s the point? What do you get out of it?

    • menso Says:

      I do not think we can eliminate violent conflict. However, we should minimise the pain, the damage and the suffering it causes so that more people can live happier lives. Even if we cannot eliminate violence, we should try.

  3. Menso Alting Says:


    My name is Menso, just wondering why your guide is called Menso?


  4. menso Says:

    Menso was the nickname given to me in Uruguay. Nobody really calls me that anymore but I use it online for my work as an alternative to my real name.

  5. Balkan Says:

    Hi Christopher,
    We like your internationalist orientation and we would like to invite you write sometimes on some issues pertaining to the Balkans, or Balkan Muslims for our web site. From your CV we saw that you spent some time in the Balkans too so you are familiar with our region.

    All the best

  6. Stephaine Crieghton Says:

    Lastly! Another,good article about a concept . Cheers designed for writing the following resourceful together with clever commentary using the entire world.

  7. Snow Rose Says:

    Wow Chris! I am always in deep hatred with Politics… and It’s the first time to like reading about it!

  8. Nick Ottens Says:

    Sir! Sorry for trying to contact you this way but I couldn’t find an emailaddress anywhere. Could you send me a message please? My email is n [dot] ottens [at] gmail [dot] com. Thanks!

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