The Global Peace Index offers some interesting insight into what is considered a peaceful country and what isn’t. The top ten peaceful countries are in order, New Zealand, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Austria, Sweden, Japan, Canada, Finland, Slovenia. Denmark and Norway have been the scene of some pretty violent opposition to Muslim immigration to their countries, but evidently the citizens have managed to coexist peacefully with one another. The Netherlands another country that has seen stiff opposition to immigrants is the 22nd most peaceful country and France is ranked number 30. America is ranked 83 which surprised me considering we invaded three countries and are the only country at war with other countries, or forces in other countries. The ten most violent countries in the world are Zimbabwe, Russia, Pakistan, Chad, The Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Israel, Somalia, Afghanistan and finally Iraq, the most violent country of the 144 countries considered. With the exception of Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan, all of the other worst offenders are fighting their own populations and not foreigners invading their territory. (Guess who that invader is in two of the cases.) Only one of the 10 worst countries is an ally of America, while the others have cold to almost no relations with the United States and face some sort of condemnation from America as a result of their human rights violations against their own. Israel meanwhile continues to enjoy copious amounts of US aid, materiel and support for its apartheid like policies towards its Arab citizens and neighbors. Noteworthy too is the fact that Israel has been in the bottom 5 consistently for the last three years. It is definitely time for CHANGE.