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Unformatted text preview: orld War II (an
estimated 49 million military and civilian deaths, including those caused by genocide---or about eight million per year, 1939-1945), the
Indonesian massacre of 1965-66 (perhaps 575,000 deaths), the Vietnam war (possibly two million, 1954-1973), and even a hypothetical nuclear
exchange between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. (232 million), it was clear that even war cannot begin to compare with structural
violence, which continues year after year. In other words, every fifteen years, on the average, as many people die because of relative poverty as
would be killed in a nuclear war that caused 232 deaths, and every single year, two to three times as many people die from poverty throughout the
world as were killed by the Nazi genocide of the Jews over a six-year period. This is, in effect, the equivalent of an ongoing, unending, in fact accelerating, thermonuclear war, or genocide, perpetuated on the week and poor every year of
every decade, throughout the world. Structural violence is also the main cause of be...
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