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					WAR
C20th saw the largest
and bloodiest wars in
       history
Weapons today are
 considered as ‘very
efficient’- they can kill
     more people.
Some argue that media
portrays war as a
glamorous affair full of
glory, bravery , bravado
and must be supported
or you are unpatriotic.
At the beginning of the
  c20th – 9 out of 10
  victims of war were
        soldiers
Today, due to technology,
  the arms trade and the
  nature of war itself, the
   situation is reversed.
9 out of 10 victims are
   civilians . The vast
 majority are women ,
children and the elderly.
• WW 1 – 1914-1918
• 9 million dead
• 21 million men wounded
• WW 2 – 1939-1945
• 15 million soldiers dead
• 39 million civilians dead
• Since 1945 the world has
  only experienced 3 mins
  of world peace.
• There have been
  hundreds of wars all over
  the globe
• Estimated 30 million people
  killed using conventional
  (non nuclear) arms.
• The average death toll from
  armed conflict is put
  between 33,000 and 41,000
  a MONTH since 1945
In 1991 the gulf war cost
 $53 billion before the
 damage to the area was
 taken into account.
 Total global military
  expenditure runs at
 approx. £1.7 million a
minute - £100 million an
         hour.
The developed countries spend
 about 20 times more on their
 military programmes than on
 economic aid to poor countries
 where people face starvation
• To keep military spending at
  its current level today , every
  working person will have to
  sacrifice about 4 years of their
  income to the arms trade.

• This is one of the major
  causes of world poverty.
In the last two years more
 people have died of
 hunger than in the last
 two world wars.
It is estimated that there
are 15 million refugees in
the world , most of them
victims of war.
• Six times as much public money in
  the world goes on research for
  weapons rather than research on
  health.

• USA, Britain, France and Russia are
  the biggest suppliers of arms,
  including to Iraq and Iran.
 The cost of one Tornado
 bomber is £40 million –
the same cost would feed
 20 million Africans
Britain alone has enough
nuclear weapons to blow
up the world 28 times
over.
Wars are mainly fought for
 power and to gain control
 over resources and trade
– especially oil-- in the
 late c20th and early
 c21st
 THE COST OF WAR

      • HUMAN
    • FINANCIAL
• ENVIRONMENTAL
             YOUR TASK
• In a group of 4 you will:
• produce a poster
• and present to the class in any way you
  want an aspect of war & Peace e.g.
 The link between poverty and the arms
  trade
 chose a current war and explain it
Pacifism
Anything else?
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW
• Some details about war and examples
• The link between religion, war and peace
• The cost of war, human, financial and
  environmental
• Why people fight – just war theory and
  holy war
• Alternatives to fighting
• What religions say about war and peace
 WHAT YOU NEED TO DO NOW
• You will be in groups of 4

• Some groups will look at war and peace in
  relationship to Christianity

• Some groups will look at war and peace in
  relationship to Islam.
 You will present a PowerPoint
 presentation on :

• What your religion says about war and
  peace ,
• including Just war and Holy war,
• alternatives to fighting
• Today , you will use books to research-
  tomorrow the computers in F9.


				
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