The Results of War: Children Dying
by John Lawrence, August 25, 2018
Modern warfare has one result. Innocents die. Civilians die. Women and children die. If the belligerents don't kill them outright, they starve them to death. Or they bomb hospitals so they can't get treated. The US and Saudi Arabia are committing war crimes in Yemen. When are they ever going to stop killing children?
The wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan have taken a tremendous human toll on those countries. As of March 2015, approximately 210,000 civilians have died violent deaths as a result of the wars. Civilian deaths have also resulted from the US military operations in Yemen that began in 2002.
People living in the war zones have been killed in their homes, in markets, and on roadways. They have been killed by bombs, bullets, fire, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and drones. Civilians die at checkpoints, as they are run off the road by military vehicles, when they step on a mine or cluster bomb, as they collect wood or tend to their fields, and when they are kidnapped and executed for purposes of revenge or intimidation. They are killed by the United States, by its allies, and by insurgents and sectarians in the civil wars spawned by the invasions.
Death can also happen weeks or months after a battle. Many times more Iraqis, Afghans, and Pakistanis have died as a result of battered infrastructure and poor health conditions arising from the wars than directly from its violence. For example, war refugees often lose access to a stable food supply or to their jobs, resulting in increased malnutrition and vulnerability to disease.
The US war machine cares not about the deaths of innocents. Shame on it and shame on those in power that have nothing to say about these horrific tragedies that occur on a daily basis. When will the news media ever cover this?