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Nuclear War • The devastation from an all-out nuclear war would go beyond description. The potentially destructive effects of nuclear war can be seen in the U.S. attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. In an effort to end World War II, a U.S. aircraft dropped a 1.5-kiloton atomic bomb on Hiroshima, killing 130,000 people either instantly or over the next few months as a result of the deadly radiation that rained on the city. • Today, some nuclear warheads held by governments throughout the world are more than 4,000 times as powerful as the bombs that were dropped on Japan. Scientists estimate that a nuclear war would kill more than 160 million people outright and that more than 1 billion people would die in the first few hours as a result of radiation poisoning, environmental contamination and destruction, and
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Unformatted text preview: massive social unrest. Civilians as Casualties • The trend toward more civilian casualties that began in World War II has continued in subsequent wars, including the Vietnam War and the Gulf War. Some analysts report that civilians accounted for 75% of all war-related deaths in the 1980s and nearly 90% in the 1990s. • A demographer employed by the U.S. Bureau of the Census calculated that 40,000 Iraqi soldiers were killed during the war but more than 80,000 Iraqi civilians, mostly women and children, were killed in air strikes—13,000 in “precision bombing” and 70,000 as a result of disease associated with the systematic destruction of water purification and sewage treatment systems in their country....
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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