0851012 The Price We Pay For War


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This presentation gives a brief overview of war from a social/psychological, ecological and economical perspective. The facts of war are presented in a way that makes it difficult to justify wars or armed conflicts. If wars are this devastating, should we still engage in them?

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0851012 The Price We Pay For War

  1. 1. The Price We Pay for War
  2. 2. War’s Price tag <ul><li>War affects everyone from citizens in war-torn countries, to nations across the international community. Typically most individuals understand that war has some economic drawbacks, but do not realize that there are also social/psychological and environmental costs that have a severe impact. </li></ul><ul><li>In this time of economic uncertainty and ecological crisis, should we be willing to spend billions of dollars to kill others when there are people in our own countries and around the world who are dying of hunger? Should we use nuclear bombs to cripple the environment instead of putting our efforts into new technologies to reverse climate change? </li></ul><ul><li>These are just a few of the issues that are presented when war is examined more closely. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Social/Psychological Costs <ul><li>The death of loved ones </li></ul><ul><li>and war trauma can </li></ul><ul><li>devastate the lives of those </li></ul><ul><li>on both sides of conflict. </li></ul><ul><li>Death causes emotional </li></ul><ul><li>wounds that are never </li></ul><ul><li>healed for loves ones. </li></ul><ul><li>Children are orphaned, no breadwinners, or source of income for families. </li></ul><ul><li>War traumatizes soldiers causing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder </li></ul>
  4. 4. Casualties of War Major wars: millions of deaths
  5. 5. Environmental Costs of War <ul><li>The earth takes a toll through </li></ul><ul><li>carpet bombing and military </li></ul><ul><li>technology use. </li></ul><ul><li>Lower layers of soil are </li></ul><ul><li>damaged 7000 years after a </li></ul><ul><li>bomb. </li></ul><ul><li>Ecological causes take a </li></ul><ul><li>backseat to war. </li></ul><ul><li>Arms production and tests </li></ul><ul><li>pollute water and air supplies </li></ul>
  6. 7. Economic Costs of War <ul><li>War has economic toll on developing countries. Consider the following: </li></ul><ul><li>The price of one fighter jet could buy a quarter of a million tonnes of rice </li></ul><ul><li>War in El Salvador reduced the living standard by half it was before the war. </li></ul><ul><li>The 1980-88 Iran/Iraq war cost Iran $644 billion dollars </li></ul>
  7. 8. Major Military Spenders 2007 Billions of Dollars Where else could 873.8 billion dollars have gone?
  8. 10. Sources <ul><li>Images: </li></ul><ul><li>http://reuters.socialpicks.com/discuss/show/5478 </li></ul><ul><li>http://newsblaze.com/story/20060208080725nnnn.nb/topstory.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.prodstrategy.com/blog/2007/03/amazing_vanneva.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://wallpapers.pixxp.com/24__tank_challenger.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://picasaweb.google.com/rszumlak/Phonsavan#5187534860422830786 </li></ul><ul><li>http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:HendersonBomb.gif </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/11/nyregion/11funeral.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&oref=slogin </li></ul><ul><li>Info: </li></ul><ul><li>The Costs of War by H.Ware. The No-Nonsense Guide to Conflict and Peace </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.pbs.org/greatwar/resources/casdeath_pop.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gqgQCcv26kB1dkgZRZNHmbn_1J8gD93N9U5O2 </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://users.erols.com/mwhite28/warstat0.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/russia/mo-budget.htm </li></ul>