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Consequences of War can best be described as both the long term and short term effects of a armed conflict between two or more states/nations. These results can be good for one, bad for another, and vice versa. Some of the major consequences of war would be,
Death and Family
Condition of your State/Nation

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"I thought you were safe at headquarters, teaching. Now I read that you go out alone, or with one other Marine, sniping in enemy territory. I want to know how you are. I want to know the truth." - Jo Hathcock (Pg. 70 - Marine Sniper)

In Marine Sniper, Jo Hathcock (Wife of Carlos Hathcock) was at home constantly worrying about her husband in the Marines. This quotes shows how the family members of those in the armed forces are affected by war.

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"As far as I'm concerned, you can take those numbers and give 'em to someone who gives a damn about 'em. I like shooting, and I love hunting. But I never did enjoy killing anybody. It's my job. If I don't get those bastards, then they're gonna kill a lot of these kids dressed up like Marines. That's the way I look at it." - Carlos Hathcock (Pg. 72 - Marine Sniper)

For Whom The Bell Tolls - Metallica

Make his fight on the hill in the early day constant chill deep inside
Shouting gun on they run through the endless grey
On they fight for the right
Yes but who's to say
For a hill, men would kill, why, they do not know
Stiffened wounds test their pride

Men of five still alive through the raging glow
Gone insane from this pain that
They surely know


Take a look to the sky just before you die, it's the last time you will
Blackened roar, massive roar fills the crumbling sky,
Shattered goal fills the soul with a ruthless cry
Stranger now are his eyes to this mystery, hears the silence so loud
Crack of dawn, all is gone except the will to be
Now they will see what will be, blinded eyes to see


John Balaban - "After our War"

After our war, the dismembered bits -- all those pierced eyes, ear slivers, jaw splinters, gouged lips, odd tibias, skin flaps, and toes -- came squinting, wobbling, jabbering back. The genitals, of course, were the most bizarre, inching along roads like glowworms and slugs. The living wanted them back but good as new. The dead, of course, had no use for them. And the ghosts, the tens of thousands of abandoned souls who had appeared like swamp fog in the city streets, on the evening altars, and on doorsills of cratered homes, also had no use for the scraps and bits because, in their opinion, they looked good without them. Since all things naturally return to their source, these snags and tatters arrived, with immigrant uncertainty, in the United States. It was almost home. So, now, one can sometimes see a friend or a famous man talking with an extra pair of lips glued and yammering on his cheek, and this is why handshakes are often unpleasant, why it is better, sometimes, not to look another in the eye, why, at your daughter's breast thickens a hard keloidal scar. After the war, with such Cheshire cats grinning in our trees, will the ancient tales still tell us new truths? Will the myriad world surrender new metaphor? After our war, how will love speak?

"That night for the first time in my life I realized that it is the physical presence of people and their spirits that gives a town life. With the absence of so many people, the town became scary, the night darker, and the silence unbearably agitating." [a long way gone, pg 22]
- This quote from the book describes how the war effected his town. The rebels killed all of the people in the town and without people the town just isn't the same.

"Their voices, even when they called us for breakfast, enraged me so much that I would punch the wall, my locker, or anything that I was standing next to. A few days earlier, we could have decided whether they would live or die. Because of these things, we refused to do anything that we were asked to do, except eat." [a long way gone pg 138]
-After fighting in the war Ishmael's whole behavior and personality was different. Things that used to be fun weren't fun to him anymore. Things that wouldn't aggervate him in the past now did. His family is gone and nothing seems right in his life at the moment.

-This shows children with gun, which is not a normal thing and changes their perspective on life.

It has been estimated that there are at least 300,000 children under 18 directly involved in armed conflicts worldwide. Some nations that have regularly used children in combat are Angola, Burma, Colombia, Lebanon, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka.

"I feel so bad about the things that I did. It disturbs me so much that I inflicted death on other people. When I go home I must do some traditional rites because I have killed. I must perform these rites and cleanse myself. I still dream about the boy from my village that I killed. I see him in my dreams, and he is talking to me, saying I killed him for nothing, and I am crying." A 16-year-old girl after demobilization from an armed group
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-This describes child soliders and how their life was changed forever from fighting in the war or somehow being apart of a war.

War Song By O.A.R.

Oh my God
Tell me this won't last forever
Tell me that I'm not alone
Tell me this will come together now

Packed my things up just the other day
Said my goodbyes to all these things I've sayed
Out in the driveway we laugh under the moon
Among my friends for now but I'll be leavin' soon

The Loneliness Of One
**© By Anonymous**

The loneliness that I feel
Way down deep inside my heart,
Has surrounded me in darkness
That is tearing me apart.

I am waiting for your call
But the phone in silence waits,
These pictures that if see
Are too much for me to take.

The images I see
Can't possibly be real,
Only you can brighten
The loneliness I feel.

The loneliness within
Passes through me like a knife,
I know you won't give up
Without putting up a fight.

I'm worried for your mother,
And I worry for our son.
Someday he will know
What great things his daddy's done.

But now the baby's crying
And the neighbor's coming in,
Nothing can subside
The loneliness within.

Oh God! The phone is ringing,
You're calling me at last!
But your phone is slowly fading,
You're loosing service fast.

Don't leave me now I'm crying
But the only thing I hear
Is screaming in the background
And your resonating fear.

I'm with you 'till the end
Though I cannot see your face.
I comfort you with words
Though I long for an embrace.

The screaming's getting louder
I hear a crash within,
The walls inside the building
Are slowly caving in.

And now the torture's over
But the crying's just begun,
For now I have to cope with
The loneliness of one.

"Children have, of course, always been caught up in warfare. They usually have little choice but to experience, at minimum, the same horrors as their parents—as casualties or even combatants. And children have always been particularly exposed. When food supplies have run short, it is children who have been hardest hit, since their growing bodies need steady supplies of essential nutrients. When water supplies have been contaminated, it is children who have had the least resistance to the dangers of disease."

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Dresden Ruins.
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The result of the bombing of Dresden, Saxony, Germany which took place between February 13-15, 1945.

"It wasn't safe to come out of the shelter until noon the next day. When the Americans and their guards did come out, the sky was black with smoke. The sun was an angry little pinhead. Dresden was like the moon now, nothing but minerals. The stones were hot. Everybody else in the neighborhood was dead.
So it goes."
-Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, pg.178

Before the bombing of Dresden, it was a beautiful, thriving city. War had turned it into a desolate ruin, filled with piles of rubble.

"Even though Billy's train wasn't moving, its boxcars were kept locked tight. Nobody was to get off until the final desitnation. To the guards who walked up and down outside, each car became a single organism which ate and drank and excreted through its ventilators. It talked or sometimes yelled through its ventilators, too. In went water and loaves of black-bread and sausage and cheese, and out came shit and piss and language."
-Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, pg 70

This quote shows the awful treatment of prisoners of war. They often live like slaves, forced to work, and/or deprived of comfortable living space, and sufficient food or
clothing for survival.

The Suicide Machines - "Your Silence"
A Match And Some Gasoline, 2003

“War for profit, can nothing stop it?
Punish those unloyal
War for oil
We dominate, we obliterate
World economics and other countries
U.S. policy hands in everything
Our intervention ends in destruction
Collateral damage, the pack is rabid
Foaming at the mouth awaiting the feast

Your silence
Equals your death

War for peace? It doesn't fool me
The guise of freedom blindly leading them
Foolish sense of pride. For the rich, you die
Media whitewash, blood is the cost
The innocent, dead. Use your fg head
Protest and survive, don't believe their lies
A million reasons to disbelieve 'em
A million reasons, a million reasons

Your silence

Equals your death

You said “Politics don't concern me”

And that's just fine, so sing along to the radio's love song
And when they reinstate the draft

You'll be the first to go, at 23. So when you're in Iraq
Staring into the eyes of the man who's the enemy
With scud missiles streaming over your head, remember
When you said "Politics don't concern me"

What you gonna do? It's either gonna be him or you
What you gonna do? You're just a pawn

You're just a tool. What you gonna do?
You’re gonna die at the age of 23.
What you gonna do?
Still say "It Doesn't Concern me"?
The world is spinning out of control
It's all about money”

War most often occurs as a result to conflict between governments. The government(s), or those currently holding power in the government(s) are fully responsible for acts of war. Although the citizens of a country may not be individually responsible for war, they are the ones that are forced to fight it, to risk their lives, to face economic hardships due to the governments debt created by spending for war.

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The total cost of the 3 wars currently being fought by the United States as of 3/17/10.
The up to date cost can be seen at

Since 2001, spending for the War on Terror, War in Afghanistan, and War in Iraq have pushed the United States even further into debt.

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This graph shows the state of residence of US troops who died in Iraq from the start of the conflict in March 2003 through May 22, 2008. There were 4,079 total US military fatalities.