SOC 119 students, you can use this for your blog if you want. Clearly it’s critical of the way we spend money and I wouldn’t accept these figures outright. That said, this is an issue that I’ve been tracking for about twenty years and I can tell you that most of his numbers are coming directly from the military and U.S. government, but we could quibble over a few of them. In any case, it’s worth pondering.
So here’s one more video. Frankly, don’t watch it if violence disturbs you. But in fairness to the victims of weapons that all of us pay for and yet few think about, I’m going to put it up because my job is to get us all to think about real issues. And to be clear, I’m not 100 percent against war — and so I’m not linking this video as an antiwar ideologue trying to change your minds; I just want to start a dialogue in your own head.
The children in this video appear to have been injured very recently in Libya by NATO shelling in an attempt to force Col. Muammar Gaddafi out of power. About 90 percent of the victims of war are civilians, many children. Keep that in mind. But also keep in mind that this is an extremely disturbing video, but one that should push us closer to a world in conversation.