War – Effects
War. One of the most hated act in the world. Many have opposed war as the last solution of problems. World peace, often heard and initiate, and is our aim to achieve it, yet the war is still going on. For instance, war in Iraq and civil wars in few countries of Africa to mention a few.
What is a war? War is a conflict. Bad things follow a war. This is like a butterfly effect. War has a great impact on everything that is in the war-zone.
When war happens, there is inflation. For example, when United States invaded Iraq, the oil price increases tremendously, even reaching its peak and thus causing a global price hike in oil. War destroys infrastructure and slows the development of the war-zone. Sometimes you wonder why some of the countries in Africa are so poor because they have been suffered from civil wars for a long period. All the money has been used in war and no room for development. The country is getting poorer and poorer. The casualties also meant a lost to the country.
On the other hand, war brings social problems. Innocent lives in the war-zone will suffer from numerous gun-shooting and bombardment. Every day of their life could be considered as misery and they have to live in afraid and some suffer mental problems and recrimination. When war happens, crimes are present. Robbery and rape cases are common in a war-zone. For instance, many German women had been raped by the Red Army when they marched into Germany. (http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/6-23-2002-20908.asp) Dissatisfies arise and they feel that insecure among themselves which lead to bigger social problem, child soldiers.
According to this source (http://www.hrw.org/campaigns/crp/facts.htm), there are as many as 300,000 children under the age of 18 serve in government forces or armed rebel groups. Child soldiers are vulnerable to military because of their physical and mental immaturity. They are easily drawn into war and have nothing to resist. Some children joined the forces because of social and economy factors as they thought the forces would offer them food or security. Moreover, they are poor and separated from their families, making them an easy target for the armies.
War has made the formation of several international alliances such as United Nations and League of Nations. United Nations was formed after World War II as to replace League of Nations which is formed after World War I. According to United Nations, their aim is to facilitate cooperation in international law and security, economic development, social progress, human rights, and achieving world peace. Sarcastically, UN is unable to prevent wars from happening. Information can be found at http://www.un.org
Besides that, some war has lead to the development of new technology. For example, chemical gas, nanotechnologies are products of wars. War also leads to a rise in calculation such as code-breaking technology.
In conclusion, war is fearful and destructive. Will wars be totally extinct as dinosaurs? We may see.
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