Consequences of war aren't imaginary. Here are just a few to ponder from the past and present.
They are all concrete reasons to blog for peace.
It's always the same no matter which war or what era or who is fighting. Any of these photos could pertain to any war, any region, at any time.
On a humanitarian level the stakes are not higher now than they've ever been. War and unrest has always scourged mankind in massively personal ways.
Reasons #15 - 24
Displacement of civilians
Ivorians crossing into Liberia from fighting in the Ivory Coast
(credit: Department of International Development)
vs. peaceful places to dwell
Sacrifices and fear
"I drew an assault boat to cross in - just my luck. We all tried to crawl under each other because the lead was flying around like hail." Crossing The Rhine under enemy fire at St. Goar.
March 1945 Department of Defense
vs A peaceful play on the Rhine
Crop dusting with Agent Orange aka Operation Ranch Hand which lasted from 1962-1971 to destroy crops and foliage cover in the Vietnam countryside. Herbicides over 50x the normal legal limit were used on the land in possible violation of the Geneva Convention. The Vietnamese people and many American soldiers who served in Vietnam are still dealing with the long-lasting and deadly health effects of Agent Orange.
Environmental and Conservation. Ecocide: - the killing of the environment which includes
includes contaminating water supplies to a region by the explosion of bombs. The presence of landmines render much land unusable. The recent mishandling of radioactive material in Iraq in 2003 at the Tuwaitha Nuclear Plant following the dumping of uranium oxide into rivers. Destruction of the eco-system by heavy military equipment in forests and exposure to depleted uranium risks are also an issue.
2007 Democratic Republic of The Congo
Prisoners of war
United Nations Prisoner or War Camp in Pusan - Korean and Chinese communists prisoners
Disruption of education
Sgt. 1st Class Nathan R. Chapman - the first U.S. soldier killed by hostile fire in Afghanistan
Disruption of families
West Point Military Academy ceremony 2010
Returning from the Persian Gulf 2004
I want to see more returning and less leaving.
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