- Israel: Ethnic war (Arab Palestinians/PLO) (red)
- Philippines: Ethnic warfare (Moros) (orange)
- Indonesia: Ethnic violence (Aceh; GAM militants) (orange)
- Colombia: Civil violence (insurgency and drug lords) (red)
- Afghanistan: (USA) Ouster of Taliban/al Qaeda (red)
- Iraq (USA; UK) Invasion, ouster of Hussein-Ba'athist regime, and subsequent occupation (red)
US arms have probably found their way into 20 or so out of the 22 ongong armed conflicts. India comes in with two hostilities, Russia one, Spain one, Burma one, and then a good portion of the continent of Africa, which depending on which books you've read you can find various ways to spread the blame to various ex-colonial powers in Europe, the USSR and US's collective efforts to wreck the place since 1950, and maybe toss in China and Cuba for good measure here and there.
Statistically abbreviating the overall picture:
Mueller calculates that about 200 million people were killed in the twentieth century by warfare, other violent conflicts, and government actions associated with war, such as the Holocaust. About twelve billion people lived during that century, meaning that a person of the twentieth century had a 1 to 2 percent chance of dying as the result of international war, ethnic fighting, or government-run genocide. A 1 to 2 percent chance, Mueller notes, is also an American's lifetime chance of dying in an automobile accident.
:: posted by buermann @ 2005-05-25 08:38:07 CST |