Then out spake brave Horatius|
The Captain of the Gate:
“To every man upon this Earth
Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers
And the temples of his gods.”
"One crowded hour of glorious life|
Is worth an age without a name."
Thomas Osbert Mordaunt (1730–1809)
The World at War
|worldwide||War on Drugs||1971 -->|
|Afghanistan||Pashtun Taliban Insurgency||2001 -->|
|Central African Republic||Persistent State Failure||1980s-->|
|Congo (Zaire)||Congo War||1998-->|
|India||Naxalite Uprising||1967 -->|
|Iraq||Civil War||2014 -->|
|Mali||Tuaregs / Islamists||2012 -->|
|Mexico||Drug War||2006 -->|
|Arab Spring||2010 -->|
|Nigeria||Civil Disturbances||1997 -->|
|Nigeria||Boko Haram||2009 -->|
|Pakistan||Karachi Political Violence||2007 -->|
|Pakistan||Pashtun Jihad||2001 -->|
|Russia||North Caucasus Insurgency||1992 -->|
|South Sudan||Tribal Warfare||2009-->|
|Thailand||Islamic Rebels||2001 -->|
|Ukraine||Russian Agression||2014 -->|
|United States||Afghanistan||1980 -->|
|United States||Djibouti||2001 -->|
|Yemen||Civil War||2011 -->|
|Burkina Faso||Persistent State Failure||1966 -->|
|Burundi||Civil War||2015 -->|
|China||Senkaku Islands||1968 -->|
|China||South China Sea||1988 -->|
|Indonesia||Papua / West Irian||1963-->|
|Israel||Third Intifada ?||2015 - ??|
|Korea||Korean War||1953 -->|
|Kyrgyzstan||Civil Unrest||2010 -->|
|Laos||Hmong Insurgency||2000 -->|
|United States||Philippines||1898 -->|
|Uzbekistan||Civil Disturbances||2005 -->||
"Perpetual peace is no empty idea, but a practical thing which, through its gradual solution, is coming always nearer its final realization..."
According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London, the past few years have seen a considerable increase in the number of war victims. The number of war dead rose from 56,000 in 2008 to 180,000 in 2014, even though instead of 63 only 42 armed conflicts were counted. In 2013, for the first time since the end of the Second World War, more than 50 million people were refugees.
The United Nations defines "major wars" as military conflicts inflicting 1,000 battlefield deaths per year. In 1965, there were 10 major wars under way. The new millennium began with much of the world consumed in armed conflict or cultivating an uncertain peace. As of mid-2005, there were eight Major Wars under way [down from 15 at the end of 2003], with as many as two dozen "lesser" conflicts ongoing with varrying degrees of intensity.
Most of these are civil or "intrastate" wars, fueled as much by racial, ethnic, or religious animosities as by ideological fervor. Most victims are civilians, a feature that distinguishes modern conflicts. During World War I, civilians made up fewer than 5 percent of all casualties. Today, 75 percent or more of those killed or wounded in wars are non-combatants.
Africa, to a greater extent than any other continent, is afflicted by war. Africa has been marred by more than 20 major civil wars since 1960. Rwanda, Somalia, Angola, Sudan, Liberia, and Burundi are among those countries that have recently suffered serious armed conflict.
War has caused untold economic and social damage to the countries of Africa. Food production is impossible in conflict areas, and famine often results. Widespread conflict has condemned many of Africa's children to lives of misery and, in certain cases, has threatened the existence of traditional African cultures.
Conflict prevention, mediation, humanitarian intervention and demobilization are among the tools needed to underwrite the success of development assistance programs. Nutrition and education programs, for example, cannot succeed in a nation at war. Billions of dollars of development assistance have been virtually wasted in war-ravaged countries such as Liberia, Somalia, and Sudan.
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