These two chapters focused on the ways that citizens are effected and harmed by war. There are “seven spheres” of civilian suffering. The direct personal violence, i.e. killing, wounding and torturing, tends to be the most visible aspect in war. It seams that the news stations, and therefore most American’s only source of information, only begin to start covering a topic once someone dies. They ignore the after effects and less violent, but still as destructive, aspects of a war. Yes, we get news on how many refugees are fleeing a country, and how our nation is dealing with refugees trying to enter the country; but that is the extent of the media’s coverage. They don’t talk about the conditions many of these people are now living in, the extent of what they had to leave behind, or the psychological damage a war has on its civilians. It pissed me off to read about how the refugees in Northern Uganda were simply resigned when their huts burned to the ground, that that happens every year for them. It was very difficult for me to read about the sexual violence and rape that has been present in almost every noticeable war. Frankly, is makes me really freaken glad that I live in the US away from any wars. The fact that not only is the rape itself used to crush the morality of the civilians, but that it can also be used strategically with germ warfare, seriously pisses me off.
I feel like what’s worse than being killed in a war, because that’s permanent and you no longer have to suffer, is surviving and having to learn to live with the miss-placed guilt. It pains me to think that people have to suffer through a war, get violated and tortured, and then have to live with their perpetrators living among society again, maybe even gaining in power. It’s amazing to see how much someone can live through and still have the will to live.
Now that we talked about all that sad, depressing stuff, here’s a picture of a cat: