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The human cost of war

Bruce Kent

NO seminary, college, religious library, CAFOD, Pax Christi or justice and peace group can afford to be without (his, the 14th annual production of Ruth Sivard and her research team.

It is an essential reference book for anyone concerned about the right use of the world's

resources. This year a special section on the costs of world environmental protection is included. It is filled with facts and compariso s. Clear graphs and diagrams make understanding easy. The purpose of the book is to chart the cost and consequences of world militarism and to relate them to other human needs, education and medical care in particular.

Three tables at the end provide a country by country breakdown. It is no surprise that the big military spenders rank quite low on the scale of social investment. The poorer the country of course the more distorting are the effects of militarism.

The human costs of war are also made clear. So far in the 90 years of this century war has cost over 100 million lives in terms of direct casualties, four times as many as in the whole previous 400 years. There are sections of arms sales, nuclear testing and its effects and on the consequences of the Gulf war.

"An invaluable classroom learning resource" according to the blurb on the back. I could not put it better myself. All these statistics make it quite clear that there will be no progress in the war on poverty unless there is progress in the war on war.




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