War Keeps the Economy of the World Alive

Nicholas Gordon
Discursive Essay

War keeps the economy of the world alive

Eve Merriam once said: “I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, "Mother, what was war?" Unfortunately I believe that this hope will never become a reality but rather remain elusive.   The truth is that war has ravaged our past and will inevitably play its role in times to come.

For as long as man has walked our planet, there has been fighting and war. When someone merely utters the word war, the idea of countless, innocent deaths comes immediately to mind. The clear devastation which war leaves in its wake are blaringly obvious, and the necessity of war is constantly questioned. War does not only effect the present but also the near future as most soldiers involved in war are psychologically effected as a result. An example of this is when a US Lieutenant said: “In war there are no unwounded soldiers”, referring not only to the physical damage but mental damage too. Research has shown that about 40% of American soldiers suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after combat in Vietnam. The symptoms include; difficulty falling or staying asleep, irritability or outbursts of anger, difficulty concentrating and exaggerated startle response. These symptoms can last anything from a few days to a few years. With the obvious mental affect which war has on innocent people, one has to question its existence.
Another negative aspect of war is the financial burden which it places on a country. This burden is   huge and thus it appears crazy to think that war could be responsible for sustaining the world economy. A recent report shows that if only 10% of the money spent on the production of weapons   in the USA was spent elsewhere, world hunger could be a problem long forgotten. In 2003 alone America spent 296 billion dollars on their military budget, more than eight times what they spent on education. Is the evidence of a power hungry superpower reigning supreme with...