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.