impact of war...

We will live in the death smog for a while,
breathing the dust of the dead,
the 3 thousand or so who turn to smoke,
as the giant ashtray in Lower Manhattan
continues to give up ghosts.
The dead are in us now,
locked in our chests,
staining our lungs,
polluting our bloodstreams.
And though we cover our faces with flags
and other pieces of cloth to filter the air,
the spirits of the dead aren’t fooled
by our masks
." Lawrence Swan, 05-10-2001
  • With every war that the United States fights the people that we have lost will always be remembered by their loved ones, and by the strangers that didn't even know them. Your not going to know everyone that's fighting in the wars but you they will impact you everyday because of what they are out there doing for us, the people back home.
  • Your link connects to a page that has a chart listing the environmental impacts of war. How does that connect to what you write above?

There was something wrong, so very wrong,
The news was pouring in,
As the planes just kept on fallin' ... from the skies.
Then the hopes and dreams of millions, were changed forevermore,
All our tears declare, the day our heroes died.

I will not forget those little ones, whose parents lost their lives,
Nor the rescue teams who paid the awful price,
Or the gallant ones who struggled, There aboard flight ninety-three,
As they gave their lives to take it from the skies.
by Doyle Armstrong

Poem source?

I came upon this pome and thought it realted to the book I read, Extremely loud & Incredibly close, very well. The line that caught my eye was, "then the hopes of millions, were changed forevermore." This line, I think, more or less embodies the book. Oskar lost his father in the 9/11 attack, but he also lost much more. He looked up to his dad, loved everything about him. The day his dad died he was a different person, with different hopes than before. It had a pivital impact on Oskar, which is what i think the pome tries to convey.

Wake me up when september ends, by Green Day.
The video then shows the boyfriend in battle in Iraq being ambushed by insurgents. This scene is intercut with scenes of the girlfriend tearfully mourning in a quiet field. The video ends on this juxtaposition, emphasizing the pain and heartache of losing loved ones due to the war.

  • This video relates to EL&IC because it shows the impact that war can have on a person. Loosing someone you car about can leave an ovbious sense of sadness. This is how Oskar felt. He thinks about his dad all the time, constantly thinking about the possibilities.

    I love the embedded mp3, but I couldn't find it right away so I thought that I was not able to listen to the Green Day video. Maybe the embedded song should go near the top of the page?

  • This picture seems suiting in regards to the book Extremely loud and incredibly close. In the book Oskar takes random pictures with his grandfathers camera, something he does on a daily basis. Oskars pictures are usually unique with a sense of individuality. This picture seems like it could be one snapped by him, and put in his, "things that happened to me box".

  • Picture source?

    The German blitzkrieg displaced many civilians, like this Belgian family, as the Nazis stormed across Europe.
  • War affects more people than just the soldiers fighting in it, in this picture the lady is walking away with three little kids because the German blitzkrieg burnted down their house and destroyed everything.
  • Image source?

"Afghanistan once consisted of major forests forests watered by monsoons. During the war, Taliban members illegally trading timber in Pakistan destroyed much of the forest cover. US bombings and refugees in need of firewood destroyed much of what remained. Less than 2% of the country still contains a forest cover today."

  • During wars People aren't the only thing that affected. As you can see from sentences above the forest in Afghanistan was effected from both sides. From the US bombing into the forest and the people there taking stuff from the forest for resources. In the Book Marine SniperCarlos spends most of his time in the forest in Vietnam, and he digs up holes and ruins some of the plants to make hides while he is searching for the enemy.

"Even if the U.S. exits Iraq within another three years, total direct and indirect costs to U.S. taxpayers will likely by more than $400 billion, and one estimate puts the total economic impact at up to $2 trillion.One thing is certain about the Iraq war: It has cost a lot more than advertised. In fact, the tab grows by at least $200 million each and every day."

  • Money money money. Especially now that were in a recession money is a huge part of everyday life. Going to war and being in a war costs lots of money. In the Iraq war we have spent atleast a couple hundred billion dollors. That is crazy to think about because were like a trillion dollars in debt. Economics is a huge impact when it comes to war. If it wasn't for the money there would be no war because we couldnt afford to keep the soldiers over there, keep all the weapons we have there and so on. Being in this war has left a huge impact on the United States economy.

I don't think this link goes where it is supposed to.

  • I picked this picture because it has many things to do with the book, extermemly loud and incredbily close. Oskar are his father loved reading the New York Times. From editing the mis-prints to just reading as a bed time story. The New York Times symbolized Oskar's father, and it's something that I think the author, Johnathan Foer, wanted to relay to the readers. The picture shows a bit of irony, considering that mr. schell died because of the attacks. Oskar would have edited this one the most out of all of them, in my opinion.

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Wanna hold my wife when I get home
Wanna tell the kids they'll never know
How much I love to see them smile
Wanna make a change right here right now
Wanna live a life like you somehow
Wanna make your sacrifice worthwhile

Everything is gonna be alright
Everything is gonna be alright
Everything is gonna be alright
Be strong believe

  • This song is about loosing someone on the day of 9/11. I think it does a good job at exploring the prospective of Oskar's dad and what he was thinking about durring his last minutes of life. (refer to lyrics above.) It also remindes me of the part in the book when we find out that Oskar has been the hiding the messages left by his father on that day. The song lyrincs convey the essence of the message his dad wanted to leave. He wanted to pretend eveything would be okay, but only did it for the sake of his son, and wife.
Machine Gun - Jimi Hendrix

Machine gun
Tearing my body all apart

Machine gun, yeah
Tearing my body all apart

Evil man make me kill ya
Evil man make you kill me
Evil man make me kill you
Even though were only families apart

Well I pick up my axe and fight like a farmer
(You know what I mean)
Hey, and your bullets keep knocking me down

Hey, I pick up my axe and fight like a farmer now
Yeah, but you still blast me down to the ground

The same way you shoot me down, baby
You'll be going just the same
Three times the pain,
And your own self to blame
Hey, machine gun

I ain't afraid of your mess no more, babe
I ain't afraid no more
After a while, your, your cheap talk don't even cause me pain,
So let your bullets fly like rain

'Cause I know all the time you're wrong baby
And you'll be going just the same
Yeah, machine gun
Tearing my family apart
Yeah, yeah, alright
Tearing my family apart

(Don't you shoot him down)
(He's 'bout to leave here)
(Don't you shoot him down)
(He's got to stay here)
(He ain't going nowhere)
(He's been shot down to the ground)
(Oh where he can't survive, no, no)

Yeah, that's what we don't wanna hear anymore, alright?
(No bullets)
At least here, huh huh
(No guns, no bombs)
Huh huh
(No nothin, just let's all live and live)
(You know, instead of killin)

May this be
Love or just
Confusion born out of
Frustration wracked
Feelings - of not
Being able to
Make true physical
Love to the
Universal gypsy queen
True, free expressed music
Darling guitar please
Rest. amen
- Jimi Hendrix writes this song about the war in Vietnam and the war at home during the Vietnam War. Machine Gun is about wanting the fighting to stop and get all the troops home safely and not tearing families apart.

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- This is a picture of child soldiers screaming and raising their guns for the camera. This is a real life picture of what has been going on in Sierra Leone. Children possessed to kill the enemy at any cost.



  • Everything that’s born has to die, which means our lives are like skyscrapers. The smoke rises at different speeds, but they’re all on fire, and we’re all trapped.” pg.245
  • “That is what death is like. It doesn’t matter what uniforms the soldiers are wearing. It doesn’t matter how good the weapons are. I thought if everyone could see what I saw, we would never have war anymore.” pg.189
  • “No matter how much I feel, I’m not going to let it out. If I have to cry, I’m gonna cry on the inside. If I have to bleed, I’ll bruise. If my heart starts going crazy, I’m not gonna tell everyone in the world about it. It doesn’t help anything. It just makes everyone’s life worse….” “But if you’re burying your feelings deep inside you, you won’t really be you, will you?” pg.201
  • “It’s the tragedy of loving, you can’t love anything more than something you miss.” pg.208
  • “Maybe we’re just missing things we’ve lost, or hoping for what we want to come.” pg.222

Child Soldiers

This is a link to a website about the impact that war has on children.

Quotes from A Long Way Gone

  • "There were tears in my eyes, but I was unable to cry because I was too thirsty to make a sound."
    • This relates because Ishmael and his friends are trying to get to a safe place away from the rebels and the journey is taking a toll on them
  • "Hesitantly I looked at my feet. Peeled flesh hung down and congealed blocks of blood and particles of sand clung to each bit of hanging skin."
    • This refers to the torture that Ishmael endured and the journey after his feet were hurt.
  • "My teeth became sour as I listened to his story. It was then that I understood why he was so quiet all the time."
    • Saidu told the story of how the rebels raped his 3 sisters and took them while he hid in his hut.

Where is your summary and analysis of this topic? How does your definition of the impact of war change when you take into account the different points of view shown through each of your books as well as the perspectives demonstrated through everything else you have added to this page?