(HN, 5/28/12) - Monday is Memorial Day in the United States. Around the world other countries also celebrate their version of honoring the fallen; such as Remembrance Day in Commonwealth countries (Australia, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, India, Kenya, Mauritius, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK) on November 11th; and similar ceremonies take place in France, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, and Poland.
Though, these days come once a year and help us to remember the brave and courageous who died in the pursuit of justice, freedom and truth in the past - we must remember that war continues to exist with us in the world today. It remains a factor - more so than ever in global history - all around us as conflict, indiscriminate killing, and terrorism.
According to statistics gathered from Wars Around the World at least 51 global nations and armed guerilla groups are engaged in 335 active `hot' war. This is more wars than the entire world has countries in it.
Africa, currently has 24 countries involved in hostile actions; with places such as Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan being the hottest spots. In Asia, 14 countries are engaged in confrontations including Afghanistan, Burma-Myanmar, and Pakistan. Europe has experienced battle almost continuously since ancient times, and currently has 8 nations involved in confrontation. The Middle East, on daily newspapers front pages every day, has 8 countries battling warfare in hotspots such as Iraq, Israel, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen. And the Americas, the most peaceful of world regions has 5 nation's including Colombia, and Mexico on the hot list.