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War and Tragedy
By Denny Lancaster

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Mother of All Wars
(January 16, 2009

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Within the context of a broader subjective analysis, we might all agree that "war in and of itself" will always bring "unintended consequences" and more often than not circumstances, groups and other considerations either alter, drive or temper at least in the United States of America, policies and actions toward "war."

American Civil War

While the intent of this article is not to debate "war" itself, nor the intended or unintended consequences, we only have to look at the American Civil War for possibly fresh or not so fresh insights, to mention but a few below.
 

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  • Hiram Revels of Mississippi became the first black man ever elected to the U.S. Senate. He filled the seat last held by Jefferson Davis.

  • More than three million men fought in the war

  • At the start of the war, the value of all manufactured goods produced in all the Confederate states added up to less than one-fourth of those produced in New York State alone.

  • In March 1862, European powers watched in worried fascination as the Monitor and Merrimack battled off Hampton Roads, Va. From then on, after these ironclads opened fire, every other navy on earth was obsolete.

  • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., future chief Justice, was wounded three times during the Civil War: in the chest at Ball's Bluff, in the back at Antietam and in the heel at Chancellorsville.

  • African Americans constituted less than one percent of the northern population, yet by the war's end made up ten percent of the Union Army. A total of 180,000 black men, more than 85% of those eligible, enlisted,

An estimated 618,222 military deaths occurred during the war, even more spectacular when one considers the rate of death. Nearly one in eight white men of military age died during the war, exceeding the rate of death in World War II by a factor of six, and the rate of death in the Vietnam War by a Factor of 65.

The South lost an estimated one in four white men of military age, which is roughly three times the death rate in the North.
World View of War

War by generally accepted standards involves armed conflicts. With the break up of the Soviet Union the world has been experiencing armed conflicts exceeding prior millenniums in ever increasing global succession, yet "their wars" rather than "our wars" receive the most attention.

Despite the world for the most part being "communications connected "global "wars" are not viewed nor digested as a whole by a significant majority of we who regularly have access to current news and reporting. Yes we look at "their wars" and not "our wars"

The Mother of All Wars

"Their War" came home to roost as "our war" recently when Alabama citizens were alarmed by events concerning the Warez Drug Cartels executions in Birmingham, Alabama which is upstate from my home town in Mobile, Alabama. Now the reality, if not already fathomed, is the ever increasing violence escalating, which according to authorities is but the tip of the ice berg and an omen of events yet to transpire. The question is not if but when.

Stark Trends in Drug Use, United States

For the past 30 plus years I have been very active in the area of Drug and Alcohol Prevention as a mentor and sponsor. Reliable and conservative statistics based upon treatment and prevention programs involving persons in those programs reveals the following.

  • On average one addicted person directly impacts 10 other persons, through addicting these persons.

  • crack and cocaine in wide spread use are almost 100% addictive, which simply means take it once and your are hooked, probably for life.

You do not have to be a math major to understand how within the next 20 years unless reversed or eliminated, drug addiction will impact more than 50% of the United States population. In other words half of us will be completely dependent upon drugs for life.

Now the question... Which war do we fight until the bitter end and who will win in our life times? Because like it or not this is the Mother of All Wars.

By Denny Lancaster
Copyright 2009

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