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Unintended Consequences of War

August 7, 2013

On July 20, in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, there was an article written by Richard Chin (follow this link to read the story: http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_23705097/local-aid-workers-describe-refugee-crisis-from-syrias?IADID=Search-www.twincities.com-www.twincities.com ) detailing a refugee camp in Jordan containing refugees from the ongoing conflict in Syria. The picture itself should be enough to bring a chill to anyone with a working heart. Chin states the camp holds over 100,000 people – all this from a civil war which was supposed to make life better for the citizens of Syria.

I cannot imagine the fighting parties ever foresaw this human disaster when they were considering their options. Think about these numbers: 100,000 in this refugee camp, over 2 million Syrians have left their country, and over 4 million are on the streets but still in the borders of Syria. Some ask me why I think war has been overrated and this is why: There are millions of people affected by any armed conflict, righteous or not, who pay the price for the inability of two or more parties not being able to come to a consensus on the conflicting topics. These are not people who have taken part or even wanted this conflict. They are innocent.

This needs to be an example of the ridiculous cost in innocent lives armed conflict brings upon the earth. The just peacemaking theory I have discussed before (https://anafalz.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/just-peacemaking-a-better-way/ and https://anafalz.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/any-problems-with-just-peacemaking/ ) is the method which must become the standard in conflict prevention.

Please take the time to read the article written by Richard Chin. Look at the photo. Please let it break your heart.

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