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Ed Jewett
01-21-2010, 08:56 PM
Wars not as deadly as they used to be, UN told



From correspondents in United Nations
From: Reuters
January 21, 2010 9:25AM



WARS are less deadly than they once were and national mortality rates have continued to decline even during conflicts due to smaller scale fighting and better healthcare, a report said.

The report by a Canada-based project sponsored by four European governments also dismissed a widely-cited figure of 5.4 million people killed in wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo as "far too high".
It offered no exact alternative figure but suggested the true toll could be less than half that.
"We believe that the costs of war, the deadliness of wars, the number of people getting killed per conflict per year, has gone down pretty dramatically," project director Andrew Mack told the United Nations.
Since 2000, the average conflict has killed 90 per cent fewer people each year than in the 1950s, said the Human Security Report Project at Vancouver's Simon Fraser University.


In 2007, the average conflict killed fewer than 1000 people as a direct result of violence and there had been a 70 per cent decline in in the number of high-intensity conflicts since the end of the Cold War 20 years ago, it said.Wars fought with huge armies, heavy weapons and major-power involvement have largely given way to low-level insurgencies fought mostly by small, lightly armed rebel groups, said the report, entitled The Shrinking Costs of War.
The report noted that most deaths in wars resulted from hunger and disease but said improved healthcare in peacetime had cut death tolls even during wartime, as had stepped up aid to people in war zones.
Researchers found that in 14 out of 18 sub-Saharan African countries that experienced medium to high intensity conflict between 1970 and 2007, the under-five mortality rate was lower at the end of the conflict than at the beginning.
In Congo, measles immunisation coverage stood at 20 per cent in 1998, the year the war there started, but by 2007 was at almost 80 per cent, the report said.
"No one ... is suggesting that war causes mortality rates to decline," it said.
"The reality is simply that today's armed conflicts rarely generate enough fatalities to reverse the long-term downward trend in peacetime mortality that has become the norm for most of the developing world."

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/wars-not-as-deadly-as-they-used-to-be-un-told/story-e6frf7jx-1225822052152




[But, wait... folks are tinkering with nukes in Southwest Asia...] :stupido3:

Jan Klimkowski
01-21-2010, 09:32 PM
Since 2000, the average conflict has killed 90 per cent fewer people each year than in the 1950s, said the Human Security Report Project at Vancouver's Simon Fraser University.

Clearly an aviary full of mockingbirds.... :marchmellow:

Ed Jewett
01-21-2010, 09:49 PM
I especially liked this little finding:

"the under-five mortality rate was lower at the end of the conflict than at the beginning". Das Kinderwars

AK-47's-for-tots

Btw, Jan, nice phrase-coining ... "an aviary of mockingbirds"

Memetic engineering at its best. :adore:

Jan Klimkowski
01-21-2010, 09:59 PM
I especially liked this little finding:

"the under-five mortality rate was lower at the end of the conflict than at the beginning". Das Kinderwars

AK-47's-for-tots

Indeed. War is obviously better than kindergarten for kids.



Btw, Jan, nice phrase-coining ... "an aviary of mockingbirds"

Memetic engineering at its best. :adore:


Thank you.

There was, also, a very real Aviary.

Afore they're lost in the sands of time, I've started a thread about them here:

http://www.deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2971

Peter Lemkin
01-22-2010, 12:29 PM
If any truth to this at all...doubtful and they are playing with words, IMO, then it is that fewer soldiers die and more noncombatants [innocents/collateral damage] die. How nice.....taken to its logical limit - no soldiers will die and all civilians will. Hurray....:tee: True and universal Piece!