Definition: Impact

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Slaughter-House-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

  • "Billy closed his eyes. When he opened them, he was back in World War II again." -- You get so fed up with being in war sometimes that you just want to get out of it as soon as you can. Billy thought that he was dreaming but, in all reality he was not dreaming and he was really in the war.
  • "World War II had certainly made everybody very tough." - When being in war that is all you think about and you want to be the toughest person in the war so you try your hardest to be that person. You always get tough in your mind because you are watching people die all the time and you kind of just get used to it by seeing it every day. Another thing is that you work out a lot also and doing that can make you tough.
  • "They had been lying in ambush for Germans. They had been discovered and shot from behind."- You have to be extremrly cautious when being in war because you never know what to expect. You have to watch your back all the time because you can get shot and even worse, killed. This is why you have to be cautious at all times.

S. by Slavenka Drakulic

  • “The only thing that I learned in the camp was the importance of forgetting.” pg. 104 -To me this shows that because of everything that has happened if she tries to remember it all instead of forgetting it then it will affect her forever.
  • “As if we were deliberately blind, we thought we could defend ourselves against the horror of not seeing it. By not looking…” pg. 19-This quote shows that no matter what you do you can’t look the other way that the horrors of war, they are always going to effect you in someway.

Marine Sniper by Charles Henderson
  • "Seems like yesterday when Daddy came home from Europe and brought me that old Mauser rifle. Boy, those were the days. I could barely lift the thing. I must have been ten or twelve years old before i finally got to where i could take aim with it" pg 24- From an early age Carlos was affected by war when his father brought him home his first rifle from war. He was immediatly impacted and therefore set his future as a marine
  • "Ya, we did it. we got that dirty bitch. She ain't gonna torture nobody no more" pg 118- Carlos said that this was his biggest kill while being a marine. Torture was a big part of war and this lady would dismember marines untill they would bleed to death. The fact that marines know this is going on as they sleep at night gives them a sense of being scared in side and it messes with peoples heads.

Are We Alive? by Terror
Are we alive
Is death by my side
I hear the sirens, see the flashing lights
Every step I take, death is by my side
Watch us wither, burnt at both ends
Bury your hopes, and hold your breath

Are we alive
Is death by my side

Work your fingers to the bone
Die with nothing, die alone
You point the gun at me
I point it at you
Born to expire
And there's nothing we can do
Are we alive
Is death by my side

Are we alive
Is there anything left - anything left
Anything left inside

Addiction, disease
The fear of war it spreads
This world's a nightmare
I'm left for dead

The song Are We Alive? by Terror is about war and how it effects a lot of people but, most of all how it effects you. They say in the song "Are we alive? Is death by my side?" and that means that sometimes in war you don't even know if you are alive and sometime you think that you would be better off dead than in the war. Death is by your side all the time in the war because you could be shot or killed at anytime and you have to watch your back. They also say "Addiction, disease, the fear of war it spreads". This part of the song means that war is really addicting and it is like a disease and the fear of war spreads in people also like a disease. Fear of war exists in a lot of people and this is why they wrote this song.

8th of November by Big & Richtells about the impact of war. It is from a different point of view then in the book S., but no matter what war always has somewhat of the same impact on a person. The song tells of a man who is older and still plays the war in his head and remembers it and no matter what he does he’s not going to be able to forget the things that he has seen and done.

"Born in the Usa" by Bruce Springstein
I had a buddy at Khe Sahn
Fighting off the Viet Cong
They're still there, he's all gone
He had a little girl in Saigon
I got a picture of him in her arms

Down in the shadow of the penitentiary
Out by the gas fires of the refinery
I'm ten years down the road
Nowhere to run, ain't got nowhere to go

I'm a long gone Daddy in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.
I'm a cool rocking Daddy in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.

This song is commonly misenterpreted as a patriotic anthem but the true meaning of this song deals with the effects of the Vietnam war on americans. It's also a sort of protest for the Veterans that have to deal with the hardships they suffered throughtout the Vietnam War. This song is a perfect representation of the Vietnam war and the impact it had on a lot of people.

Poems from Vietnam

"The wounded and the dead"

The Vietnam war was not like everyother war in the United States history. There was no parade and big party when the troops came home from war, they were hated by the most of the american public. Soldiers were in the middle of the jungle and were not able to pick out certain enemies so they burned the whole place down using Napalm. It killed innocent women and children and overall didnt solve anything. This is also during the time where hippies were around who were all about peace and saving the earth. It created protests trying to end the war before any other deaths happened.

By Nancy L. Meek

It's hard to think of naught

but war waiting in the wings
of the many who'll be caught
in the song inhumanity sings

This poem tells of what someone in war sees and how they are longing for it to be over, but through it all they try so hard to think of the memories they have of home then they realize that all they have is the memories in the horrible place that they are in.

Open Grave(Impact of war poem)
©Nancy L. Meek 10/02/02

In fitful sleep he squirms
fetally crouching over there
too far from too-short arms
to reach him in his despair

I hear him softly moaning
praying for the sun to rise
lids shut, in battle groaning
hands flailing darkening skies

Beads of sweat lace his brow
as he screams his buddy's name
but his buddy doesn't answer now
fallen victim to the game

The stakes are much too high
The cost is buried deep
in a grave exhumed each night
by a buddy who cannot sleep

Morning brings a quiet day...
silence always follows death
Nightime brings the bloody fray
the scope of Hades' breadth

The daily paper brings no hope
of ways to end the war
its tongue flicks against the slope
as it slithers to our own front door

War, it seems, will always be...
as long as evil rules the day
Its fangs spewing
to poison whom it may

Open GraveThis poem is about how someone gets killed in the war and is just left there for dead. Most of the time they try to help the soldiers but, sometimes they can't help them so they are just there left for dead. It is sad that this happens but, it is your choice of going into the war and you brought that choice upon yourself.

This video is about the impact of war in Iraq and shows why we are in economic struggle. War can have a huge effect on the country economically and that is why we are in an economic struggle right now is because of the Iraqi war.



By Marc Lacey (New York Times)
Although Mexico has been a producer and transit route for illegal drugs for generations, the country now finds itself in a pitched battle with powerful and well-financed drug cartels. In 2008, there were more than 6,200 drug-related murders, more than double the figure from the year before. Top police commanders have been assassinated and grenades thrown, in one case into the crowd at an Independence Day celebration.
The authorities say most of the deaths have resulted from drug cartels fighting rivals. But soldiers and police have also been killed, as well as some innocents.
The upsurge in violence is traced to the end of 2006 when President Felipe Calderon launched a frontal assault on the cartels by deploying tens of thousands of soldiers and federal police to take them on. Mr. Calderon has successfully pushed the United States to acknowledge its own responsibility for the violence in Mexico since it is American drug consumers who fuel demand and American guns smuggled into Mexico that are used by the drug gangs.
With the prospect of a quick victory increasingly elusive, a rising chorus of voices on both sides of the border is questioning the cost and the fallout of the assault on the cartels.
To many Mexicans, the rising count of gruesome drug-related murders is evidence that the government's strategy is not working. In September 2009, newspapers estimated the number of killings at more than 13,600 since Mr. Calderón took office.
In response to critics, Mr. Calderón said his government was the first one to take on the drug trafficking organizations.
The strategy "has not only reversed the rising trend of crime and drug trafficking, but it has also weakened the conditions that allowed them to reproduce and to expand," Mr. Calderón said.
But Mexicans wonder if they are paying too high a price and some have begun openly speaking of decriminalizing drugs to reduce the sizeable profits the gangs receive.
Americans, from border state governors to military analysts in Washington, have begun to question whether the spillover violence presents a threat to their own national security -- and, to the outrage of many Mexicans, whether the state itself will crumble under the strain of the war.
While Mr. Calderon dismisses suggestions that Mexico is a failed state, he and his aides have spoken frankly of the cartels' attempts to set up a state within a state, levying taxes, throwing up roadblocks and enforcing their own perverse codes of behavior. The Mexican government has identified 233 "zones of impunity'' across the country, where crime is largely uncontrolled, a figure that is down from 2,204 zones a year ago.
The authorities have made a string of high-profile arrests of drug chieftains and have had success seizing large amounts of illegal drugs, guns and money. But the violence remains high and authorities acknowledge that they will never wipe out this multi-billion-dollar-a-year industry. The goal now is to turn what is a national security problem into one that can be handled by law enforcement. That alone is a tall order since the cartels have infiltrated governments and police forces throughout Mexico, paying officials to protect their illicit business.

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Iraqi Youth Face Lasting Scars of War

Conflict's Psychological Impact on Children Is Immense, Experts Say

By Sudarsan Raghavan
Washington Post Foreign Service
Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Parents Lost

At the orphanage, Dina Shadi sleeps a few feet away from Marwa Hussein. Twelve-year-old Dina had recently received two telephone calls from relatives. She learned that her 17-year-old brother had been killed and that her aunt had been kidnapped and executed.
"She totally collapsed," Tahsin recalled.
"I was not able to control myself that day. I cried," Tahsin said, her voice cracking. "There is a great amount of sadness here. No matter what we do for the children, it will never replace the kindness of their mother and father."
"Now Dina expects another call with more bad news. She has a very dark image of the future. More and more, she's afraid of the future."
UNICEF officials estimate that tens of thousands children lost one or both parents to the conflict in the past year. If trends continue, they expect the numbers to rise this year, said Claire Hajaj, a UNICEF spokesperson in Amman, Jordan.
While many children at the orphanage have lost one or both parents, others have been abandoned or sent here because their parents can no longer afford to care for them.
"The tragedy is that there's an upswing in number of children who are losing parents, but you see a decrease in the ability of the government, the community and even the family to care for separated and orphaned children because of violence, insecurity, displacement, stress and economic hardship," Hajaj said. "These kids are definitely the most vulnerable around."
Bombs have exploded near Alwiya, and the sound of gunfire is frequent. There is always the possibility of an attack. In January, mortar shells landed in a Baghdad school, killing five girls.

Tahsin still had one more task this day. She had to inform two motherless sisters that their father, a Sunni truck driver, would not be coming to see them. He had been kidnapped by Shiite gunmen at a fake checkpoint and executed.

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'Desire to Seek Revenge'
Twenty-year-old Yasser Laith, short with a thin goatee and a cold stare, cannot sleep at night. When a rocket crashed into his family's house in the mostly Sunni neighborhood of Adhamiya in November, he crawled into the kitchen and curled up in fear.
"Whenever I hear an explosion, I start trembling," mumbled Laith, as he waited at Ibn Rushed hospital for a 10-day supply of anti-psychotic drugs.
Another day, intense clashes erupted on his street, and U.S. combat helicopters hovered over the area. Laith grabbed an AK-47 assault rifle, rushed to his roof and began firing into the sky.
"My father is ashamed of me. I wanted to show that I was a good as the others," Laith said with a half-crazed smile. "After that I felt satisfied."
Today, he takes pills to help control his violence and stop him from hitting his two younger sisters or abusing his parents. Several of his friends, he said, had joined the Sunni insurgency. He, too, was tempted, especially after learning that one of his friends had been killed by the Mahdi Army.
"I had the desire to seek revenge," Laith said, smiling again.

When Laith left the room to go to the bathroom, his 57-year-old mother, Sahira Asadallah, said she was scared that her son would commit a crime or join an insurgent group. She wondered how long Laith would have to take the drugs, then answered herself: "This will only end with the end of the war."

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This picture shows the impact of what the men had on the women in the camp after they had been brutally beaten and raped. That was something that affected the women long after they had been rescued. While S. was in the camp she was put into the womens room where she was repealty raped and beaten day after day. And not only will she remember this forever but also the child that she had from these men will always be a contant reminder to her.

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The Vietnam war was not like everyother war in the United States history. There was no parade and big party when the troops came home from war, they were hated by the most of the american public. Soldiers were in the middle of the jungle and were not able to pick out certain enemies so they burned the whole place down using Napalm. It killed innocent women and children and overall didnt solve anything. This is also during the time where hippies were around who were all about peace and saving the earth. It created protests trying to end the war before any other deaths happened.

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