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Title: Consequences of War and Militarism


1
Consequences of War and Militarism
  • Martin Donohoe

2
Outline
  • The history and epidemiology of war
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Chemical weapons
  • Biological weapons

3
Outline
  • Economic and environmental consequences of
    militarism and war
  • Health consequences of militarism and war
  • Contemporary conflicts
  • Afghanistan, Iraq, War on terror
  • Solutions

4
History of War
  • Violent conflict ubiquitous in the animal
    kingdom
  • Interspecies conflict food, territory
  • Intraspecies conflict food, territory, mates
    (usually not directly fatal)
  • Violence among non-human primates
  • Gorilla infanticide
  • Chimps vs. Bonobos

5
Origins of War
  • Foragers vs. Agriculturalists
  • Agriculture
  • Hierarchical society
  • Private property
  • Money
  • Subjugation of women
  • Infectious/chronic diseases

6
Origins of War
  • Violence Today
  • Link with poverty, oppression, fueled by desire
    for wealth/power
  • Familial vs. Societal
  • Gun culture
  • Media Violence

7
Militarism
  • The deliberate extension of military objectives
    and rationale into shaping the culture, politics
    and economics of civilian life so that war and
    the preparation for war is normalized, and the
    development and maintenance of strong military
    institutions is prioritized
  • An excessive reliance on military power and the
    threat of force in pursuing policy goals in
    international relations

8
Militarism
  • Positively correlated with
  • Conservatism
  • Nationalism
  • Religiosity
  • Patriotism
  • Authoritarianism

9
Militarism
  • Negatively correlated with
  • Respect for civil liberties
  • Tolerance of dissent
  • Democratic principles
  • Sympathy and welfare toward the troubled and poor
  • Foreign aid for poorer nations
  • Subverts other societal interests (health,
    environment, education, social programs)

10
History of war
  • 10,000 yrs ago agriculture
  • Stable populations, division of labor, warrior
    class
  • 3500 yrs ago bronze weapons and armor
  • 2200 yrs ago iron
  • 1900 yrs ago widespread use of horses

11
History of war
  • Ninth Century China - bombs developed
  • Thirteenth Century China rockets
  • Forgotten until the 19th Century
  • 1783 Balloon
  • Montgolfier brothers
  • Prussian general JCG Heyne used for bombing

12
History of War
  • 1803-1814 (Napoleonic Wars) English General
    Henry Shrapnel fills cannonballs with bullets and
    exploding charges to increase killing capacity
  • 1903 Wright brothers/Kitty Hawk airplane
  • 20th Century nuclear submarines, predator and
    other drones, weaponization of Arctic/space

13
History of War
  • Belief that each new invention would eliminate
    warfare
  • Instead, increased casualties, killing at a
    distance

14
Epidemiology of Warfare
  • Deaths in war
  • 17th Century 19/million population
  • 18th Century 19/million population
  • 19th Century 11/million population
  • 20th Century 183/million population
  • Increasing casualties to civilians
  • 85-90 in 20th Century (vs. 10 late 19th Century)

15
War Deaths, 1945-2010
16
Contemporary War Deaths
17
Worldwide Violence (2013)
  • 526,000 killed by armed violence/yr
  • 396,000 intentional homicides
  • 55,000 direct conflict deaths
  • 54,000 unintentional homicides
  • 21,000 killed during legal interventions
  • 7.9 violent deaths/100,000 persons/yr

18
Gun Violence
  • U.S. death toll for all wars from the
    Revolutionary War to Afghanistan 1.2 million
    (Congressional Research Service)
  • Number killed by firearms since 1968 (suicides,
    homicides, and accidental shootings) 1.4 million
    (CDC)
  • More than from all wars in the nations history
    combined (1.2 million)

19
Gun Violence
  • Americans own 300 million guns (1 in world in
    privately owned firearms)
  • 33,000 deaths/yr due to firearm-related violence,
    suicides, and accidents (highest among
    industrialized countries)
  • Plus 80,000 injuries
  • Direct indirect societal costs 230 billion/yr

20
Legacies of Colonial Exploitation
  • Christopher Columbus log entry upon meeting the
    Arawaks of the Bahamas
  • Theybrought usmanythingsThey willingly
    traded everything they ownedThey do not bear
    armsThey would make fine servantsWith fifty men
    we could subjugate them all and make them do
    whatever we want.

21
Legacies of Colonial Exploitation
  • Winston Churchill (speaking in favor of RAFs
    experimental bombing of Iraqis in 1920s, which
    killed 9,000 people with 97 tons of bombs)
  • I am strongly in favor of using poisoned gas
    against uncivilized tribes to spread a lively
    terroragainst recalcitrant Arabs as an
    experiment

22
Legacies of Colonial Exploitation
  • Cecil Rhodes (Rhodesia, Rhodes Scholarship,
    DeBeers Mining Company)
  • We must find new lands from which we can easily
    obtain raw materials and at the same time exploit
    the cheap slave labour that is available from the
    natives of the colonies. The colonies would also
    provide a dumping ground for the surplus goods
    produced in our factories.

23
Contemporary Wars
  • 250 wars in the 20th Century
  • Incidence of war rising since 1950
  • Most conflicts within poor states
  • Over 30 separate civil wars currently underway
  • Most involve U.S.-supplied weapons

24
War Deaths
  • Revolutionary War 25,000
  • Civil War 625,000
  • World War I 17 million
  • World War II 60 million
  • Korean War 2.9 million
  • Vietnam War 3.8 million

25
War Deaths
  • Iran-Iraq War 700,000
  • Soviet War in Afghanistan 1.5 million
  • Second Congo War 3.8 million
  • Second Sudanese Civil War 1.9 million

26
War Deaths (as of 12/1/12)
  • Second Iraq War
  • 4,485 U.S. soldiers
  • 17,000 Iraqi military
  • Estimates of civilian deaths range from 150,000
    violent deaths to 1 million deaths
  • U.S. Afghan War
  • Over 2,000 U.S. soldiers 1,200 coalition forces
  • Estimated 20,000 civilians

27
Contemporary Wars
  • 72 million lives lost in 20th Century wars,
    another 52 million through genocides
  • 190 million deaths in 20th Century directly or
    indirectly related to war

28
Contemporary Wars
  • 72 million lives lost in 20th Century wars,
    another 52 million through genocides
  • WW II first war with more battle deaths than
    deaths from other causes, such as accidents,
    disease, and infections

29
Vietnam War
  • US dropped the equivalent of one 500 lb. bomb on
    every person in Vietnam
  • Vietnam War 1.5 to 3 million Vietnamese
    casualties 58,000 American
  • More US soldiers died of suicide after Vietnam
    than died in combat during the war.
  • Gulf War I U.S. planted one land mine for every
    Iraqi citizen

30
Child Soldiers
  • Use of child soldiers by 19 countries
  • Despite 2008 Child Soldiers Prevention Act, U.S.
    still provides aid to some of these

31
Child Soldiers
  • U.S. JROTC
  • Total enrollment 560,000
  • Youth development program per Pentagon
  • One of the best recruiting devices we could
    have Defense Secretary William Cohen, 2000)
  • Costs taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars
  • Military recruiters have access to students
  • Students, parents must actively opt out

32
Wars Promoted Through Militarism
  • Military buildups
  • Exceptionalism
  • Imperialism
  • Glorification of war
  • Unrealistic expectations

33
Consequences of War
  • Deaths, injuries, physical and psychological
    sequelae
  • Collapse of health care system affecting those
    with acute and chronic illnesses
  • Famine

34
Consequences of War
  • 51 million forcibly displaced persons worldwide
  • 16.7 million refugees (50 are children under 18)
  • 33 million internally displaced persons
  • 1.2 million asylum seekers
  • 86 of worlds refugees are hosted by developing
    countries

35
Consequences of War
  • Environmental degradation
  • Augments global warming, which Pentagon calls an
    immediate national security threat
  • Increasing poverty and debt
  • All lead to recurrent cycles of violence

36
Atomic Weapons - History
  • Hiroshima, August 6, 1945
  • The day that humanity started taking its final
    exam Buckminster Fuller
  • 15 kiloton bomb, 140,000 deaths
  • Nagasaki, August 9, 1945
  • 22 kiloton bomb, 70,000 casualties
  • Hydrogen bomb exploded at Bikini Atoll (1,000
    times stronger than Hiroshima weapon) - 1954

37
The Hiroshima Bomb
38
Atomic Explosion
39
Atomic Weapons Other Victims
  • Hundreds of thousands of hibakusha atomic bomb
    survivors
  • 1054 U.S. nuclear tests since 1940s, 331 in
    atmosphere

40
Atomic Weapons Other Victims
  • 80,000 cancers (15,000 fatal) in US citizens as a
    result of fallout from atmospheric testing
  • NCI/CDC
  • Thousands of illnesses and deaths, higher CA risk
    in 600,000 former employees
  • - DOE

41
Atomic Weapons Today
  • Approximately 17,300 nuclear weapons in at least
    9 countries
  • Down from over 71,000 at height of Cold War
  • 4,300 active U.S./Russian warheads today
  • 1,800 on hair-trigger alert
  • Several thousand megatons (100,000 Hiroshimas)

42
Atomic Weapons Today
  • Vastly redundant arsenal
  • 150-200 weapons adequate to destroy all major
    urban centers in Russia
  • U.S. planning to spend 250 billion on new
    nuclear weapons and delivery systems over the
    next few decades

43
Atomic Weapons Today
  • Accidental intermediate-sized launch of weapons
    from a single Russian submarine would immediately
    kill 6.8 million Americans in 8 cities

44
Nuclear Weapons Oops!
  • Pentagon 32 nuclear weapons accidents since 1950
  • GAO 233
  • Since 1950, 10 nuclear weapons lost and never
    recovered
  • All laying on seabed, potentially leaking
    radioactivity

45
Effects of a Nuclear Explosion
  • Immediate
  • Vaporized by thermal radiation
  • Crushed by blast wave
  • Burned and suffocated by firestorm

46
Effects of a Nuclear Explosion
  • Intermediate
  • Suffering, painful deaths
  • Health care personnel/resources overwhelmed
  • Famine
  • Refugees
  • Devastated transportation infrastructure

47
Effects of a Nuclear Explosion
  • Late effects
  • Cancer
  • Psychological trauma (PTSD, anxiety, depression)
  • nuclear winter (mass starvation due to disruption
    of agricultural, transportation, industrial and
    health care systems)

48
Effects of a 20 megaton nuclear explosion
  • Ground zero - 2 miles
  • Within 1/100 second fireball hotter than sun
    everything vaporized
  • 2 - 4 miles
  • 25 psi pressures 650 mph winds
  • Buildings ripped apart and leveled

49
Effects of a 20 megaton nuclear explosion
  • 4 - 10 miles
  • 7 10 psi 200 mph winds
  • Sheet metal melts concrete buildings heavily
    damaged (all others leveled)
  • 16 miles
  • 100 mph winds, firestorm, T 1400 C
  • 100 mortality

50
Effects of a 20 megaton nuclear explosion
  • 21 miles
  • 2 psi 100 mph winds
  • Shattered glass, flying debri
  • 29 miles
  • 3 burns over all exposed skin
  • 40 miles
  • Retinal burns blind all who witness explosion

51
Effects of a 20 megaton nuclear explosion over
Boston (1998 study)
  • Death toll
  • 1,000,000 within minutes
  • 1,800,000 survivors
  • 1,100,000 fatally injured
  • 500,000 with major injuries
  • 200,000 without injuries

52
Types of Injuries
  • Burns
  • Blindings
  • Deafenings
  • PTX
  • Fxs
  • Shrapnel wounds

53
Radiation Sickness
  • Very high dose cerebral edema, N/V/D, speech
    and gait difficulties, convulsions, coma, death
    within 1-2 days
  • Medium doses N/V/D ? resolves ? recurrent
    hematemesis, bloody D ? majority die
  • Low doses BM failure, infections, bleeding,
    sores, death

54
Effects on health professionals
  • 70 killed or fatally wounded
  • 15 injured
  • lt 1000 survive

55
Effects on health care system
  • Most major hospitals destroyed
  • EMS system debilitated
  • No X-ray machines, electricity, water,
    antibiotics or other meds, blood/plasma, bandages
  • 2000 burn unit beds in US (100 per major city)
    essentially destroyed

56
Effects on Health Care System
  • 1500 patients/doctor
  • 10 min/pt
  • 4 hours sleep/noc
  • 2 weeks to see all injured

57
Ultimate Outcomes
  • Boston (pop. 2.8 million in 1998)
  • gt 2.5 million dead after one month
  • More than 6x as many Americans as died in WW II

58
Abolition of Nuclear Weapons
  • Supported by
  • APHA
  • AMA
  • ACP
  • IPPNW
  • PSR
  • Global political and military leaders

59
Health hazards of the Nuclear Cycle
  • Ecosystem degradation e.g., Marshall Islands
  • Uranium mining 5-fold increase in lung cancer
  • Depleted uranium
  • increased stillbirths, birth defects, childhood
    leukemias, other cancers in Southern Iraq
  • Possible increase in lung CA in U.S. soldiers
    (data sparse)

60
Nuclear Waste
  • 67,000 metric tons of nuclear wasted in US
  • Most stored in overcrowded cooling pools
  • 1/3 Americans live within 50 miles of nuclear
    waste
  • On-site storage
  • 118 commercial reactors
  • 10 weapons plants
  • 37 research reactors

61
Nuclear Waste DisposalHanford, WA
  • Site of plutonium production for first atom bomb
    (and most of U.S. nuclear arsenal)
  • Decommissioned at end of Cold War (1971)
  • More than 210 million liters of radioactive and
    chemical waste stored in 177 deteriorating
    underground storage tanks at Hanford, WA
  • 60 have leaked on site
  • Potential risks to nearby Columbia River

62
Nuclear Waste DisposalHanford, WA
  • Plan vitrification and underground storage
  • Most complex and costly environmental restoration
    ever attempted (current price tag 12.3 billion
    and increasing finish date 2019?)
  • Site plagued by leaks, cost overruns, underfunding

63
Nuclear Waste Disposal
  • Skull Valley, Goshute Indian Reservation, Utah
  • Private fuel storage consortium
  • Temporary storage of 44,000 tons of high-level
    nuclear waste
  • Bribes to tribes environmental injustice
  • Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, New Mexico
  • Defense Dept. waste

64
Nuclear Waste Disposal Yucca Mountain
  • On DOE land claimed by Western Shoshone Nation
    under the Ruby Valley Treaty of 1863
  • 100 miles from Las Vegas
  • Near aquifer and earthquake fault

65
Nuclear Waste Disposal Yucca Mountain
  • Est. 100,000 shipments of 70,000 120,000 tons
    of waste over 25 yrs
  • Coming within ½ mile of 50 million Americans
  • Est. 200-350 accidents
  • Nuclear roulette
  • After 9 billion spent, plan cancelled (2010)
    other options being considered

66
Nuclear Waste Disposal
  • DOE has proposed recycling radioactive scrap
    metal into consumers goods and health care
    devices
  • E.g., silverware, pots and pans, eyeglasses,
    braces, pacemakers, artificial joints

67
Nuclear Waste
  • 111,000 cubic yards of radioactive debris from
    detonation of 67 nuclear bombs ( 1.6 Hiroshimas)
    over Marshall Islands between 1946 and 1958)
    stored in unlined pit under Runit Dome
  • Contents at risk of leaking into ocean as sea
    levels rise due to global warming
  • Displaced islanders not adequately compensated

68
Nuclear Power Plants
69
Nuclear Power Plants
  • 100 plants operating in US
  • Aging, equipment failures (8 from 3/00-4/01 ?
    shutdowns)
  • 2011 40 failed basic fire safety standards 12
    have not fully implemented terrorism prevention
    requirements
  • 441 plants worldwide (in 31 countries, generate
    17 of planets electricity)
  • 60 plants in Russia
  • ? Condition, safety

70
Nuclear Power
  • Supply of uranium for fission to run out by 2050
  • Alternate sources
  • MOX (mixed oxide) fuel (reprocessed spent fuel
    plutonium and uranium)
  • Breeder reactors make more fuel (plutonium)
    than they consume
  • Fission currently impractical

71
Nuclear Power Plant Accidents
  • Three Mile Island (1979)
  • 50,000 to 100,000 excess deaths
  • Chernobyl, USSR, 1986 - nuclear power plant
    explosion
  • 200 times the radiation of Hiroshima Nagasaki
  • 25-100 died immediately, up to 1,000 injured
    acutely, NCI estimates 10-75K thyroid cancers
    (other estimates much lower)
  • Some estimates as high as almost 1 million deaths
  • NY Acad Sci, 2010

72
Chernobyl
  • Higher risk of neural tube defects and childhood
    leukemia among those living near nuclear power
    plants
  • Anxiety a major problem
  • Ukraine still spends 6 of its GDP each year on
    Chernobyl-related matters
  • 2.1 billion structure will seal off reactor for
    100 yrs.

73
Nuclear Accidents Fukushima
  • 2nd largest nuclear power plant disaster after
    Chernobyl
  • 50 early casualties
  • Reactor built by GE (also responsible for Indian
    Point plant, 40 miles from NYC)

74
Nuclear Accidents Fukushima
  • GE has built 91 nuclear power plants in 11
    countries, including 23 plants at 11 sites in
    U.S.
  • Full, long term costs and consequences still
    unknown
  • Yet in 2012, Nuclear Regulatory Commission allows
    Southern Company to build and operate 2 new
    nuclear power plants in Georgia

75
Nuclear Power Plants
  • For every US plant that has its license renewed,
    12 additional cancer deaths (NRC)
  • Plus any deaths from accidents, non-routine
    releases, high level waste and spent fuel

76
Nuclear Power Plants
  • Nuclear power industry receives billions of
    dollars in taxpayer subsidies
  • Since 1948, federal government has spent 95
    billion on nuclear R and D (4 times the amount
    spent on solar wind geothermal biomass, biofuels,
    and hydropower combined)
  • Nuclear power non-viable compared to green power
    without subsidies
  • Nuclear industrys liability coverage supported
    by federal government through 2025(Price Anderson
    Act)

77
Nuclear Power Plants
  • Prior to London Convention(1972, revised 1993),
    which prohibits dumping of radioactive waste at
    sea, U.S. considered dumping decommissioned
    nuclear reactors into the worlds oceans
  • Precautionary principle

78
Nuclear Power Plants/Nuclear Waste
  • Many plants close to major population centers
  • 40,000 metric tons of spent fuel at 110 reactor
    sites in U.S.
  • Target for terrorists

79
Nuclear Terrorism
  • Attack on nuclear power plant or other nuclear
    installation
  • 47 of nuclear plants failed to repel mock
    terrorist attacks conducted by the NRC in the
    1990s
  • Axles of Evil
  • 600 employees, 250 million, weekly shipments of
    nuclear material along major US highways
  • Potential for accidents, terrorist attacks

80
Nuclear Terrorism
  • Dirty bomb
  • Potential tens to hundreds of thousands of
    deaths, billions of dollars of damage, chaos
  • Numerous radiation sources left over from Cold
    War in post-Soviet countries

81
Nuclear Terrorism
  • Collapse of Soviet Union 15,000 nuclear warheads
    and enough highly-enriched uranium and plutonium
    to make 60,000 more
  • More than 90 of Russias fissile materials are
    located in 171 buildings, only 11 of which have
    been fully secured
  • 175 cases of nuclear trafficking from 1993 2001
    (NRC)

82
Nuclear Terrorism
  • Reports of weapons missing from Soviet arsenal
  • Non-proliferation efforts, including the DOEs
    Nuclear Cities Initiative, get a fraction of 1
    of the defense budget, further cuts planned
  • The Nth Country experiment (1964) 3 science
    post-docs with no nuclear know-how designed a
    working atom bomb

83
Nuclear Accidents
  • Pentagon Over 550 mistakes, malfunctions, and
    false alarms as of 2012
  • 8 nuclear submarines at bottom of sea leaking
    uranium and plutonium
  • 11 nuclear weapons lost (most on bottom of ocean)

84
Chemical Weapons
  • 428 BC Athenians and Spartans burned wax, pitch
    and sulfur
  • DaVinci arsenic and sulfur shells
  • WW I
  • Italians vs. Ethiopians
  • Japanese vs. Chinese
  • Germans vs. Allies
  • Fritz Haber chlorine gas
  • 91,000 deaths and 1.3 million injuries

85
Chemical Weapons
  • Egypt vs. South Yemen (1963-7)
  • Agent Orange (contains carcinogenic, feto-toxic
    dioxin)
  • Defoliant herbicide
  • Manufacturer Dow Chemical
  • Six lbs per person dumped by US on South Vietnam
    (1/10 area of South Vietnam)
  • 1 million victims (birth defects, cancers, etc.)

86
Chemical Weapons
  • Iran/Iraq War (1980s) sarin, nerve gas, mustard
    gas
  • Gulf War (versus Kurds, ? Others)

87
Gulf War Syndrome
  • Real per Congressionally-mandated scientific
    panel, 2008
  • 30-60 of vets affected per VA study
  • Symptoms Memory loss, lack of concentration,
    neuropathic pain, depression, rashes, sleep
    disturbances, GI distress, muscle and joint pain
  • Linked to cholinergic abnormalities, genetic
    susceptibility, exposure to pyridostigmine
  • Brain damage noted on fMRI

88
Chemical Weapons
  • 1995 Tokyo subway attack by Aum Shrinko cult
    using sarin
  • 12 dead, 5000 injured or incapacitated
  • 1994-5 U.S. in Bosnia and 2004-5 U.S. vs Iraqis
    (depleted uranium)
  • 2004-5 U.S. vs Iraqis and 2008-9 Israel vs
    Palestinians (white phosphorus)
  • 2012 Libya (mustard gas) and Syria (sarin)

89
Types of Chemical Weapons
  • Nerve gasses / paralytics
  • E.g., sarin, VX
  • S/S paralysis (incl. resp. muscles), headache,
    dizziness, N/V
  • Rx gas masks, pretreatment with
    pyridostigmine, decontamination, antidotes
    (atropine, pralidoxime, diazepam, tropicamide)

90
Types of Chemical Weapons
  • Blistering agents
  • E.g., sulphur mustard
  • S/S burns, blindness, pulmonary toxicity, BM
    suppression, N/V/D
  • Rx decontamination, analgesia, pulmonary and eye
    care

91
Types of Chemical Weapons
  • Pulmonary toxicants
  • E.g., chlorine, phosgene
  • S/S pneumonitis, laryngeal spasm, pulmonary
    edema, ARDS
  • Rx O2, bronchodilators, corticosteroids,
    ?ibuprofen, ?acetylcysteine

92
Chemical WeaponsVietnam and Napalm
93
Chemical WeaponsVietnam and Napalm
94
Chemical WeaponsVietnam and Napalm
95
Chemical Weapons
  • 1972 Biological and Toxic Weapons Convention
    prohibits development, production, and
    stockpiling
  • US and Russia still have significant stockpiles
  • US has destroyed 90 ( 30,500 tons), plans to
    complete job by 2017
  • 480 US chemical facilities each put 100,000 or
    more Americans at risk of poison gas disaster

96
Other Chemical WeaponsTear gas
  • Use in civil and political unrest
  • Causes eye, skin and pulmonary toxicity, N/V,
    photophobia and headache, trauma due to blast
  • Rx wash skin, flush eyes, IVF, humidified O2,
    bronchodilators prn, prophylactic antibiotics

97
Other Chemical WeaponsPepper Spray
  • Derived from cayenne peppers (contains 10-15
    oleoresin capsicum)
  • 1.5-2 million Scoville unit heat rating
  • Jalapeño pepper 2500-5000 Scoville units
  • Habañero pepper (worlds hottest) 300,000
    Scoville units
  • Use in civil and political unrest

98
Other Chemical Weapons
  • Calmatives mind-altering or sleep-inducing
    weapons (benzo-, SSRI-, and anesthetic
    derivatives)
  • Cramp-inducing agents
  • Stink bombs (?Race specific?)
  • Colored smoke as an obscurant
  • Crowd control vs use in warfare
  • US pilot amphetamine use

99
Biological Weapons - History
  • Sixth Century BC Assyrians poison wells with rye
    ergot
  • 300 BC Greeks pollute wells
  • Later Romans and Persians, Classical, Medieval
    and Renaissance periods, US Civil War (General
    Johnson at Vicksburg)
  • 14th Century Tatars catapulting plague-infested
    corpses

100
Biological Weapons - History
  • Kochs postulates anthrax first linkage of a
    specific disease with a specific pathogen
  • Louis Pasteur anthrax and cholera vaccines

101
Biological Weapons - History
  • Sir Jeffrey Amherst (French and Indian Wars -
    smallpox) You would do well to try to inoculate
    the Indians, by means of blankets, to extirpate
    this execrable race
  • WW I Cholera, plague, glanders, anthrax

102
Biological Weapons WW II
  • Unit 731, Manchuria, Shiro Ishii
  • British Operation Vegetarian (anthrax cakes /
    Germany)
  • US military personnel received typhoid, smallpox,
    yellow fever and tetanus vaccines
  • Those who refused subject to court martial
  • c.f., Gulf War pyridostigmine, botulism vaccine

103
Biological Weapons WW II
  • Unlicensed yellow fever vaccine contaminated with
    hepatitis B
  • 330,000 infections
  • 51,000 cases of symptomatic hep B
  • Long term outcomes good

104
Biological Weapons Post WWII
  • Swerdlosk
  • Zimbabwe
  • Okinawa, Utah, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, etc.
  • 1977 H1N1 flu epidemic (likely due to lab
    accident releasing 1957 strain, NEJM)
  • False alarms

105
Biological Weapons Today
  • 17 countries possess ( Al Qaeda?)
  • US role in supplying other nations
  • e.g., 1985-1989 US companies sold to Iraq
  • Bacillus anthracis, Clostridium botulinum,
    Histoplasma capsulatum, Brucella melitensis,
    Clostsridium perfringens, Clostridium tetani, and
    E. coli
  • Despite evidence of use of chemical weapons
    against Kurds

106
Biological Weapons Today
  • 1972 Biological Weapons Protocol signed by 158
    nations
  • Lacks adequate enforcement mechanisms
  • US has rejected enforcement (wary of foreign
    inspectors discovering military secrets and/or
    trade secrets of biotechnology and pharmaceutical
    companies)

107
Biological Weapons - Agents
  • Anthrax Brucellosis Cholera
  • Glanders Pneumonic plague
  • Tularemia Q Fever Smallpox
  • Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis
  • Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers (e.g., Ebola)
  • Botulism Staph enterotoxin B
  • Ricin Mycxotoxins

108
Biological Weapons Today
  • Over 1,000 labs in the U.S., operated by over 300
    government, university, and private
    organizations, registered with USDA/CDC
  • More than 200 incidents of loss or accidental
    release of bioweapons reported each year
  • Likely more
  • Details cloaked in secrecy

109
Biological Weapons Today
  • 1999 FBI at least once a day a politician,
    school, abortion clinic, or other controversial
    person or institution receives an envelope from a
    dissident containing a powder and a note
    announcing a lethal dose of anthrax

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Biological Weapons Today
  • Genetic weapons targeted at specific ethnic
    groups
  • Synbio (synthetic biology)
  • Publication of details re creation of novel,
    dangerous agents

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Biological Weapons Today
  • Use, along with chemical weapons, in The Drug
    War
  • Fusarium oxysporum fungus to eradicate coca pants
    in Columbia Fusarium oxysporum and Pleaspora
    papaveracea fungus to eradicate opium poppies in
    Central Asia
  • ? Marijuana
  • Food crops also destroyed
  • US, UN Drug Control Program, others

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Biological Weapons Today
  • Quarantine Issues
  • Quarantine versus Isolation
  • National versus foreign outbreaks / border
    control
  • Adverse consequences increased risk of disease
    transmission in quarantined population, violence,
    mistrust of government, ethnic bias

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Smallpox
  • DNA virus decimated native American populations
    eradicated by WHO vaccination campaign in 1972
    genome sequenced in 1992 recreation of virus in
    lab possible in 2002
  • ?Only remaining viral stocks at CDCP and in
    Siberia?
  • WHO Executive Board recommended retaining stores

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Smallpox
  • Incubation period 7-17 days (avg. 12)
  • Spread by droplet infection highly contagious
  • Symptoms abrupt onset of F/HA/myalgias ?
    non-specific erythematous rash (most prominent on
    face and extremities, simultaneous varicella
    most prominent on trunk, successive waves) ? MSOF
    ? death

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Smallpox
  • Dx clinical, EM of vesicular fluid
  • Rx isolation, post-exposure vaccination,
    supportive care, ?antivirals
  • 30 fatality rate

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Smallpox
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Smallpox Vaccination
  • Vaccinia
  • US ended in 1972
  • Waning (?negligible) immunity
  • Effects local reaction. Lymphadenopathy

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Smallpox Vaccination
  • Side effects postvaccinial encephalitis
    (1/300,000), progressive vaccinia eczema
    vaccinatum, generalized vaccinia
  • Vaccinia immune globulin may modulate
  • New vaccine (Imvamune) may be safe for those with
    atopic dermatitis

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Smallpox Vaccination
  • Current recommendation isolation and vaccination
    / VIG for close contacts
  • Vaccination of all US citizens not feasible
  • Inadequate supplies
  • Several hundred deaths
  • ? Diversion of resources from usual childhood
    vaccines
  • ? vaccinate health professionals, public servants
  • Infectivity, disability, workmans comp issues

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Anthrax
  • Bacillus anthracis, aerobic, G, spore-forming
    rod
  • Zoonosis
  • Invisible and odorless when aerosolized

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Anthrax
  • 1979 accidental release at Swerdlosk (USSR) 250
    cases, 100 deaths, town abandoned due to
    contamination
  • 1997 Aum Shrinko cult attempted aerosol
    dispersal unsuccessful

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Anthrax
  • Est. 50kg release over urban center of 5 million
    people would sicken 250K and kill 100K
  • 100 kg release would have the same of
    casualties as a hydrogen bomb explosion

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Cutaneous Anthrax
  • 2000 cases/yr worldwide
  • Due to exposure to infected animals / animal
    products
  • Epidemic in Zimbabwe, 1989-1995 10,000 cases

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Cutaneous Anthrax
  • Incubation period 1-10 days (avg. 5)
  • Pruritic macule or papule day 1
  • Round ulcer day 2
  • Black eschar follows resolves over 1-2 weeks
  • Painful lymphadenopathy

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Cutaneous Anthrax
  • Antibiotic Rx (doxy, cipro, pcn) decreases
    likelihood of systemic disease
  • Fatality rate 20 without antibiotics rare with
    antibiotics
  • Following 9/11 11 cases

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Cutaneous Anthrax - Ulcer
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Cutaneous Anthrax - Eschar
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Gastrointestinal Anthrax
  • From ingestion of poorly cooked, infected meat
  • Oropharyngeal ulcers LAN edema sepsis
  • Terminal ileal / cecal lesion - N/V/bloody
    D/acute abdomen/ascites/sepsis
  • Rx Abx (doxy, cipro, pcn), supportive care

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Inhalational Anthrax
  • Stage I
  • begins 2-43 days post-exposure
  • F/dyspnea/cough/HA/V/Ch/weakness/AP/CP
  • Lasts a few hours to a few days

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Inhalational Anthrax
  • Stage II
  • F/dyspnea/diaphoresis/shock
  • CXR with widened mediastinum due to
    lymphadenopathy
  • pleural effusions
  • 50 develop hemorrhagic meningitis meningismus,
    delirium and obtundation
  • Rapid progression to cyanosis, hypotension and
    death

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Inhalational AnthraxWidened Mediastinum
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Inhalational Anthrax
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Inhalational Anthrax
  • Dx blood cultures, XR/CT, post-mortem serology
    not helpful
  • Case fatality rate approx. 50

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Anthrax
  • Post-exposure prophylaxis ciprofloxacin and
    doxycycline for 60 days
  • Rx
  • Combinations of antibiotics (ciprofloxacin,
    linezolid, meropenem, clindamycin) monoclonal
    antibody antitoxins (raxibacumab) Anthrasil
    (anthrax immune globulin)
  • Drain effusions
  • Supportive care

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Anthrax Vaccine
  • 3 or 4 dose series
  • US armed service members
  • Side effects HA 0.4, local rxn 3.6, mild
    systemic SEs in 1
  • Manufacturer Bioport
  • Contract to produce 4.6 million doses for the DOD

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Anthrax Vaccine
  • Pre/post exposure vaccination
  • Improved vaccine under development
  • Testing considered unethical
  • ?Groups to vaccinate?
  • Antibody testing may help guide

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Anthrax The Band
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Non-lethal weapons
  • High-power microwaves (crammed into cruise
    missiles, discharge a huge energy pulse to damage
    electronics)
  • Soft bombs
  • E.g., carbon fiber showers to short circuit
    electrical power grids (used in former Yugoslavia
    and in Gulf War I)

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Non-lethal Weapons Proposed and Under
Development
  • Acoustic weapons
  • Acoustic bullets
  • Curdler unit shrieks, clangs
  • Infrasound penetrates most buildings and
    vehicles, causes nausea, diarrhea,
    disorientation, internal organ damage and even
    death
  • Squawk box intolerable ultrasound pulses

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Non-lethal Weapons Proposed and Under
Development
  • Optical weapons
  • Photic driver ultrasound plus stroboscopic
    infrared flasher to penetrate closed eyelids and
    cause seizures
  • Psycho-correction devices send subliminal
    visual and aural messages

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Non-lethal Weapons Proposed and Under
Development
  • Barrier Weapons
  • Slick coatings slippery like ice
  • Sticky foam (used by US in Somalia)
  • Obscurants
  • Colored smoke felt to cause more psychological
    panic than white smoke
  • Markers
  • Fluorescent powder visible under UV light
  • Sponge grenades impregnated with infrared dye
  • To mark targets

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Non-lethal Weapons Proposed and Under
Development
  • Riot Control
  • Invisible tear gas
  • Electrical
  • Police or soldiers jacket which jolts anyone who
    touches it
  • Cattle prods (malicious and accidental use by
    civilians)

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Non-lethal Weapons Proposed and Under
Development
  • Biotechnical
  • Biodegrading microbes (to destroy fuel)
  • Genetic code alterations (to create
    less-than-lethal but long-term disablements,
    perhaps for generations, thereby creating a
    societal burden)
  • Neuro-implants for behavior modification
  • Project Agile (1996) race-specific stink bombs
  • Pheromones (to impair human and animal
    reproduction mark individuals for assaults by
    killer bees, other animals or pests)

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Non-lethal Weapons Proposed and Under
Development
  • Holograms
  • God/gods/other religious figures or symbols
  • Soldier forces
  • Death, dead comrades
  • Others

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Other WMDs
  • Small arms
  • 90 of the 300,000 yearly deaths from violent
    conflict
  • Land mines
  • 110 million planted since 1960 in 70 countries
  • 24,000 deaths/yr (est.), tens of thousands more
    disabled
  • Cluster bombs

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American Weapons Gone AWOL
  • Iraq U.S. supplied Saddam Hussein, arms
    ultimately used against U.S. in Iraq Wars 30 of
    weapons given to Iraqi forces between 2004 and
    2007 never accounted for more recently,
    U.S.-supplied weaons finding their way to ISIS
    and Iranian-backed Shiite militias

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American Weapons Gone AWOL
  • Afghanistan U.S. armed anti-Soviet soldiers,
    weapons ultimately ended up with Taliban 40 of
    those recently given to Afghan army and police
    cant be traced
  • Libya guns sent from Qatar as part of
    U.S.-approved deal (2011) now with Islamic
    militants

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American Weapons Gone AWOL
  • Somalia almost ½ of arms supplied to Uganda and
    Burundi to fight al-Shabaab sold off by underpaid
    troops, ended up with Somali militants
  • Yemen U.S. lost track of 500 million worth of
    small arms and other gear it sent to Yemeni
    government before 2015 collapse

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High Tech Warfare
  • Internet viruses, worms, etc. designed to disable
    water and power systems, air traffic control,
    communications, etc.
  • E.g., Stuxnet computer worm Iranian nuclear
    facilities
  • Robotic armies
  • Nanotech weapons
  • Other weapons of the future (?present?)

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Health Care System Preparedness for Weapons of
Mass Destruction
  • Congressional panel estimates gt 50 chance of
    terrorist act involving WMDs by 2013
  • ERs/hospital systems inadequately prepared
  • Funds low

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Health Care System Preparedness for Weapons of
Mass Destruction
  • US public health / emergency care system already
    in disarray
  • 80 of states facing budget cuts or holdbacks
  • Medicaid over budget in 23 states

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Costs of Militarization
  • US over ½ of discretionary tax dollars spent on
    the military
  • Increased spending on nuclear weapons
  • Inadequate spending to prevent the spread of
    chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons

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Discretionary Federal Spending (2013)
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World Military Spending (2012)
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Missile Defense ShieldThe Militarization of Space
  • Star Wars program proceeding, despite
  • Astronomical cost est. 100 billion
  • Strong opposition by scientific community
  • Spectacular failures in 2/4 tests, despite highly
    structured conditions
  • Abandonment of ABM Treaty by Bush administration

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Missile Defense ShieldThe Militarization of Space
  • Shield or very porous umbrella
  • Easily overwhelmed and fooled by inexpensive
    decoys
  • No protection against internal accidents or
    terrorists bringing weapon onto US soil or dirty
    bomb
  • Proposed use of moon for spy observatories and
    weapons

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Dwight Eisenhower
  • The problem in defense spending is to figure out
    how far you should go without destroying from
    within that which you are trying to protect from
    without

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Meanwhile...Social Injustices Abound
  • 49 million Americans lack health insurance
  • 25 of US children live in poverty
  • Homelessness, public educational system a
    shambles, increasing jail populations, AIDS, etc.
  • Mass extinction, global warming
  • 2.5 billion people worldwide live in abject
    poverty (earn less than 500 per year, lack
    access to clean drinking water)

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Environmental Consequences of Militarization
  • Worlds single largest polluter
  • 8 of global air pollution
  • 2-11 of raw material use
  • Almost all high and low level radioactive waste

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The US Military
  • Owns an amount of land equal to North Korea or
    Kentucky (25 million acres)
  • Much of it polluted
  • Cleanup cost estimates in the hundreds of
    billions
  • 2000 abandoned firing ranges
  • E.g., Kahoolawe
  • 60 people killed by unexploded ordnance since WWII

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Health Costs of Militarization
  • 3 hours of world arms spending annual WHO
    budget
  • ½ day of world arms spending immunization for
    all the worlds children
  • 3 days of US arms spending amount spent on
    health, education and welfare programs for US
    children in one year

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Health Costs of Militarization
  • 3 weeks of world arms spending primary health
    care for all in poor countries, including safe
    drinking water and full immunizations
  • Brain drain 2/3 of US scientists work in
    military-industrial complex (similar in Russia
    during cold war much work has widespread
    applicability)

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Military Spending and Jobs
  • 1 billion in military spending generates 11,200
    jobs
  • 15,1000 in consumer goods production
  • 16,800 in green energy development
  • 17,200 in health care
  • 26,700 in education

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Skewed Priorities
  • The world spends 1.8 trillion/year on military
    goods and services
  • For 25 of this, we could
  • Eliminate starvation and malnutrition
  • Provide shelter for all
  • Eliminate illiteracy
  • Provide clean and safe water
  • Prevent soil erosion

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Skewed Priorities
  • Prevent global warming
  • Stop deforestation
  • Aid all refugees
  • Retire developing nations debt
  • Provide clean, safe energy (through efficiency
    and renewables)

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Skewed Priorities
  • Prevent acid rain
  • Fix the ozone hole
  • Stabilize world population
  • Provide basic universal health care and AIDS
    control
  • Eliminate nuclear weapons and land mines

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Were Number One
  • U.S. 1 in military spending
  • 17 in education
  • 26 in infant mortality
  • 37 in life expectancy and overall health

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DOD Announcement(September, 2011)
  • Pentagon Lacks Funding to Fix Public Schools on
    Military Bases

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Dwight Eisenhower
  • Every gun that is made, every rocket fired,
    signifies in the final sense a theft from those
    who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold
    and not clothed

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Dwight Eisenhower
  • This world is not spending money alone. It is
    spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of
    its scientists, the hopes of its children. This
    is not a way of life at all, in any true sense.
    Under the cloud of threatening war, it is
    humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

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Martin Luther King
  • A nation that continues year after year to
    spend more money on military defense than on
    programs of social uplift is approaching
    spiritual death.

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Worldwide Economic Impact of Violence
  • 10 trillion/yr
  • 1 of global GDP
  • 1,350/U.S. citizen

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Military Spending
  • US ½ of discretionary tax dollars spent on the
    military
  • US military budget represents 34 of total world
    military budget (1.7 trillion in 2011)
  • Iraq/Afghanistan Wars likely to cost 4-5 trillion

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World Military Spending (2012)(1.8 trillion in
2012 U.S. 34 of total)
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Military Spending
  • The U.S. will spend over 1 trillion on national
    security in 2015 (more than 50 of its average
    through the Cold War and the Vietnam War)
  • Does not include gt 80 billion/yr for interest on
    military-related share of national debt

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U.S. National Security Spending (2015, est.)
  • 580 billion for Pentagons baseline budget pls
    overseas contingency funds
  • 20 billion to Dept. of Energy for nuclear
    weapons
  • Nearly 200 billion for military pensions, VA
    costs, and other expenses

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War and Peace
  • World military budget
  • 230X what the UN spends on peacekeeping
  • US
  • Largest arms supplier
  • 66 billion in annual sales (2011) ¾ of global
    market
  • Russia second with 5 billion in annual sales
  • Profits at top 5 defense firms up 450 since 2002
  • Greatest debtor to U.N. (including U.N.
    peacekeeping fund)

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Arms Exports
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Arms Imports
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Top Recipients of U.S. Military Aid
  • Israel
  • Egypt
  • Iraq
  • Pakistan
  • Jordan
  • Columbia
  • Somalia

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Costs of Wars (2010 dollars, inflation-adjusted)
  • American Revolution 2.4 billion
  • War of 1812 1.6 billion
  • Mexican War 2.4 billion
  • Civil War (both sides) 79.8 billion
  • Spanish American War 9 billion

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Costs of Wars (2010 dollars, inflation-adjusted)
  • World War I 334 billion
  • World War II 4.1 trillion
  • Korean War 341 billion
  • Vietnam War 738 billion
  • Gulf War I 102 billion
  • Iraq/Afghanistan Wars likely to cost 4-5
    trillion

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Economic Cost of War, U.S.
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US Foreign Aid
  • US ranks 21st in the world in foreign aid as a
    percentage of GDP (0.16, versus UN recommended
    0.07)
  • Foreign Aid
  • 1/3 military
  • 1/3 economic
  • 1/3 food and development
  • US worlds second largest arms exporter

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Major Defense Contractors
  • Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • Northrop Grumman Corp.
  • Boeing Corp.
  • Raytheon Corp.
  • General Dynamics Corp.
  • KBR, Inc.
  • Large lobbying contingent donate large amounts
    each election cycle

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September 11, 2001
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World Trade Center Bombing
  • 3300 fatalities - foreign nationals outnumbered
    Americans
  • Over 18,000 people suffering health problems
    linked to attack and rescue
  • Multiple toxins in air and rubble
  • Zadroga Act (2010) provides funds for monitoring,
    treatment, and victim compensation

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World Trade Center Bombing
  • Environmental health consequences unknown
  • 300-400 tons asbestos
  • 130,000 gallons of transformer oil contaminated
    with PCBS
  • Lead, sulfuric acid, silicon
  • Fine dust particles

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September 11, 2001
  • Pentagon 286 casualties
  • Pennsylvania approximately 100 casualties

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The War on Terror(The War on Afghanistan, Iraq,
and ?)
  • May last 50 or more years Cheney
  • Afghanistan
  • Ruled by repressive
  • human-(womens-)rights-abusing Taliban, then
    corrupt quasi-democratic kleptocracy
  • Potential transit route for oil and gas pipeline
    from Central Asia
  • Strategic importance in Middle East

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Afghanistan
  • Population 27 million
  • Life expectancy 46 years
  • Literacy rate 32
  • Avg. annual income 280

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Afghanistan
  • Negligible infrastructure secondary to decades of
    civil war
  • 1 of every 230 persons is a land mine amputee
  • Infant mortality 146/1000
  • 50 of children malnourished 33 are orphans

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Afghanistan/Iraq Parallels
  • 10 years of sanctions, bombings resulting in
    500,000 to 1,000,000 deaths (per UN)
  • UN Devt. Index 126/174
  • Infant mortality rates jumped from 65/1000
    (pre-Gulf War I) to 103/1000 (2003)
  • Life expectancy decreased from 62 to 56

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Afghanistan/Iraq Parallels
  • Literacy decreased from 89 to 57
  • Infrastructure devastated, environment degraded
  • Rebuilding post-war?

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What goes around comes around
  • 1980s CIA arms Afghan rebels with hundreds of
    Stinger missiles
  • Late 2002 Terrorists using a similar
    Russian-made version of Stinger almost bring down
    Israeli passenger airline over Kenya
  • CIA trying to buy back, but most unaccounted for
  • Can shoot down a plane at up 6000-8000 feet
  • 24 diverted to Iran

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Before Gulf War I
  • US sells weapons to Iraq/Hussein
  • Including components to produce WMDs
  • Rumsfeld visits Baghdad to promote US weapons
    sales
  • US minimally perturbed when Hussein gasses 4000
    Kurds, torpedoes US naval vessel

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Gulf War I
  • 105,000 military and 110,000 civilian deaths
    (almost all Iraqis)
  • Over 2.25 million refugees
  • 2/3 of US casualties from friendly fire
  • Cost 61 billion (82 billion in 2003 dollars)
  • US pays only 1/6 of cost (most from Saudi Arabia,
    Kuwait, Germany and Japan)
  • Environmental devastation
  • 48 billion in claims to UN

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Kuwaiti Oil Fires
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War Deaths (as of 6/14)
  • Second Iraq War
  • 4,486 U.S. soldiers
  • 17,000 Iraqi military
  • Estimates of civilian deaths range from 150,000
    violent deaths to 1 million deaths
  • U.S. Afghan War
  • Over 2,000 U.S. soldiers 1,200 coalition forces
  • Estimated 20,000 civilians

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Gulf War II
  • Financial cost of war 4-5 trillion (est.)
  • Includes fighting, rebuilding, veterans health
    care, economic losses, etc.
  • Global travel industry expected to lose over 500
    billion
  • Distraction from North Korea, other threats
  • Shock and awe battle plan targeting
    infrastructure explicitly prohibited by the
    Geneva Conventions

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Gulf War II - Iraq
  • 96 of of the 9.1 billion allocated to the
    Development Fund for Iraq unaccounted for
  • Special Inspector General for Iraq
    Reconstruction, 2010
  • Ongoing audit of another 53 billion fund
    ongoing, but has already uncovered numerous
    instances of waste, fraud, and abuse (total for
    Iraq and Afghanisatan between 31 billion and 60
    billion as of 2011)

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Gulf War II - Iraq
  • WMDs found by U.S. troops
  • Ones U.S. had sold to Iraq
  • Major health consequences among U.S. soldiers
    dismantling
  • Kept secret by Bush administration
  • Veterans unable to file health claims
  • Not all disposed of some now in ISIL-controlled
    territory
  • Exposed by media, 2014

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Contemporary Wars
  • Casualties among soldiers, civilians continue
  • More US soldiers have committed suicide than have
    died in Afghan War
  • More military contractors killed than US soldiers

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Contemporary Wars
  • Casualties among soldiers, civilians continue
  • Veteran health care needs massive (TBI in 10-20
    of U.S. soldiers, psychiatric disorders, etc.)
  • 26 of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are
    uninsured and not part of the VA health care
    system
  • Young veterans ½ believe war in Afghanistan was
    not worth fighting 60 for Iraq War

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Contemporary Wars
  • Libya, Syria
  • Coming Soon Iran? Ukraine? ISIL? South China
    Sea?
  • Privatization of war and national security
    enterprises
  • Plans for militarization of the U.S./Mexico
    border

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George W Bushs Military Record
  • February, 1968 States desire to be pilot scores
    in 25th percentile in pilot aptitude section of
    Air Force officers test.
  • May, 1968 Enlists in Texas Air National Guard
    jumps list with assistance of Texas House
    Speaker pledges two years of active duty and
    four years of reserve duty

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George W Bushs Military Record
  • June, 1968 Student deferment expires
  • September, 1968 Pulls inactive duty to serve on
    Florida Senators re-election campaign
  • November, 1968 Re-activated

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George W Bushs Military Record
  • November, 1970 Promoted to First Lieutenant,
    rejected by UT Law School
  • Spring, 1970 Hired by Texas agricultural
    importer to shuttle plants to/from Florida
  • June, 1970 Joins Guards Champagne Unit,
    flying with sons of Texas elite

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George W Bushs Military Record
  • May, 1972 Transfers to Alabama Guard unit so he
    can work on Senator Blounts re-election campaign
  • His commanding officer states he never showed up
    for duty
  • Grounded for missing a mandatory physical

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George W Bushs Military Record
  • Returns to Houston but never reports for Guard
    duty
  • December, 1972 DUI arrest
  • October, 1973 Air National Guard relieves him
    from commitment 8 months early, allowing him to
    attend Harvard Business School

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US Nuclear Weapons PoliciesUnder GW Bush
  • Nuclear Posture Review expands scope of use of
    nuclear weapons, including first-strike against
    non-nuclear states
  • Withdrawal from ABM Treaty
  • Boycotted Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
    Conference
  • Budgeted money to resume nuclear testing and
    development
  • Possible use of nuclear-powered predator drones

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U.S. Nuclear Policy Under Obama
  • U.S. retains first strike option against nuclear
    states
  • START treaty signed by Obama, Putin
  • Awaiting Senate approval
  • Will limit US and Russia to 1,550 long-range
    warheads (still overkill)

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Phillip Berrigan
  • Nuclear weapons are the scourge of the earth to
    mine for them, manufacture them, deploy them, use
    them, is a curse against God, the human family,
    and the earth itself.

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Disturbing TrendsThe Patriot Act
  • Passed with minimal debate, most Congresspersons
    acknowledge not reading
  • Increased governmental and corporate secrecy
    polluters subject to decreased public scrutiny
  • Erosion of civil liberties deportations,
    accused held without charge/access to legal
    counsel
  • 70,000 individuals on governments list
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