October 14th 2012 Corissa Skinner World War One Essay It is often said or thought “war is hell”. World war two had more casualties then world war one but the deaths in world war one were truly horrific. The soldiers in world war one had to face new and unexpected gases, physical diseases of the trenches and mental diseases of the trenches. World war one had gases the world had never seen before and as the war went on these weapons only became more advanced and deadly. One of the most deadly gases used was mustard gas, it was first used in 1917 and killed 4086 British soldiers from 1914-1918 (spartous.schoolnet).
On the morning of March 16,1968 during the Vietnam War , a atrocity and violence against the village of My Lai in South Vietnam occurred .US Army troops were send to destroy everything in the village . Approximately from the 700 inhabitants , 504 innocent and non-combatants women , infants , elderly and young children Vietnamese were killed in three hours and by the Americans machine gun and weapons . Many were also Sexually assaulted , tortured, or mutilated in on of the most horrifying atrocities of the entire bloody conflict . Before the My Lai Massacre , the US Army and the Charlies Company , had suffered many attacks via booby-trap or land mine, resulting numerous injuries and many deaths . Many soldiers who were in the My Lai village
The groups started to rebel against the government and that’s when all hell broke loose. 20,000 soldiers in the Janjaweed army raped women and children and slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Darfur's population. The government soldiers destroyed all crops, cut down fruit trees, poisoned water supplies, and slaughtered all cattle. The people had been pushed into the desert or into camps in nearby Chad. This was not genocide for the sake of ethnic cleansing, but one in which huge numbers of people were slaughtered in hopes that those who survived would stand a better chance under conditions.
“At 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, a 7,000-pound truck bomb, constructed of ammonium nitrate fertilizer and nitromethane racing fuel and packed into 13 plastic barrels, ripped through the heart of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The explosion wrecked much of downtown Oklahoma City and killed 168 people, including 19 children in a day-care center. Another 500 were injured. Although many Americans initially suspected an attack by Middle Eastern radicals, it quickly became clear that the mass murder had actually been carried out by domestic, right-wing terrorists. The slaughter engineered by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, men steeped in the conspiracy theories and white-hot fury of the American radical right, marked the opening shot in a new kind of domestic political extremism.
* Agent Orange was developed in the 1940’s. * 20 years later, it was tested in Vietnam. * Other exposure sights such as Korean Demilitarized Zone, Thailand Military Bases, and several others were affected. * Agent Orange was a herbicide used by the U.S. military in the Vietnam war * It was part of operation Ranch hand * Received its name from the color coded bands used on the drums it was transported in * Used to eliminate the large amount of vegetation in Vietnam * Purpose was to deny an enemy cover, concealment and crops * Defoliated trees and shrubbery where the enemy could hide * About 10 percent of the tall trees making up the forest canopy were killed. * Many of the plant damaged areas that were affected
Veterans from the south had higher rates of throat cancer, acute/chronic leukemia, Hodgkin's lymphoma and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, prostate cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, soft tissue sarcoma and liver cancer. Other than liver cancer, these are the same conditions the US Veteran's Administration has found to be associated with exposure to Agent Orange/dioxin, and are on the list of conditions eligible for compensation and treatment. Military personnel who loaded airplanes and helicopters used in Ranch Hand probably sustained some of the heaviest exposures. Members of the Army Chemical Corps, who stored and mixed herbicides and defoliated the perimeters of military bases, and mechanics, who worked on the helicopters and planes, are also thought to have had some of the heaviest exposures. Others with potentially heavy exposures included members of U.S. Army Special Forces units who defoliated remote campsites, and members of U.S. Navy river units who cleared base perimeters.
These findings were seemingly ignored. Napalm was equally as deadly. This led to widespread death of civilians, as the Americans attacked villages suspected to shelter Guerrillas. Agent Orange still causes birth defects and has cancerous links today, this is likely to carry on into the future. For American veterans there have
I remember it like it was yesterday, it was on August 29, 2005, the horrific monster Hurricane Katrina destroyed my hometown in New Orleans, Louisiana, losing everything I owned and loved. Hundreds of thousands of lives were changed forever, even mines in countless ways. Hundreds of people died, but even among survivors, a hand full lost all that was familiar. I have witnessed and experienced really grueling things that my eyes can’t get rid of. I've saw plenty of dead bodies floating in the disgusting toxic water, as we walked through the water to get to higher ground.
Hedges and Sacco report that over five hundred mountaintops have been blown up in West Virginia, while the underlying carbons seems are gouged away by huge machines that only require a few workers. The people of West Virginia have poor lifestyles while they suffer the consequences of the coal mining: cancer. The resources of this land are exploited, as well as the people, which will eventually lead to their extinction. Sacco and Hedges focus on coal mining’s economic, social and environmental effects. They give an example of the Easter Island and the abundance of freshwater and woods, “seafood was plentiful” (150).