World War I was justified as the “war to end wars,” but war never brings peace. It may bring a temporary truce, a desire for revenge, and a new arms race until the next war.
Losses of warnote10
|World War II||Total – 50+ million; Russia (“victor”) – 20 million; US (“victor”) – 400,000+|
|Korean War||South Korea Military – 113,000; South Korea Civilian – 547,000; North Korea Military – 317,000; North Korea Civilian – 1,000,000; China – 460,000; US Military – 33,000+|
|Vietnam War||South Vietnam Military – 224,000; North Vietnamese Military and Viet Cong – 1,000,000; South Vietnamese Civilians – 1,500,000; North Vietnamese Civilians – 65,000; US Military 58,000+|
Wherever war is fought people suffer major destruction of infrastructure and art treasures. Furthermore, in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, wars seem not to end, but to drag on without resolution for years and even decades without peace ever being achieved. Wars do not work. They create a state of perpetual war, or what some analysts are now calling “permawar.” In the last 120 years the world has suffered many wars as the following partial list indicates:
and various others including Japan versus China in 1937, long civil war in Colombia, and wars in the Congo, the Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea, the Arab-Israeli wars, Pakistan versus India, etc.
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10. Number can vary greatly depending on source. The website Death Tolls for the Major Wars and Atrocities of the Twentieth Century and the Costs of War Project were used to provide data for this table.(return to main article)