Peace out

More violence, division and fear in America

Even with an increase in terror attacks in recent years, European countries like Belgium and France are still more peaceful than the United States when all factors are taken into consideration. According to the 2017 Global Peace Index, the U.S. (at No. 114 of 163 countries) continues to deteriorate due to homicide rates, “perceived criminality in society” and increased “intensity of internal conflict” due to political polarization.

Global peace rankings (a sampling):

1. Iceland

2. New Zealand

3. Portugal

4. Austria

5. Denmark

6. Czech Republic

7. Slovenia

8. Canada

9. Switzerland

10. Ireland and Japan (tie)

19. Belgium

41. United Kingdom

51. France

114. United States

116. China

151. Russia

163. Syria