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220677

ID:220677
Description:Iraqi tank junkyard in the desert near Al-Jahrah, Kuwait (29°26’ N – 47°24’ E) . This junkyard of tanks will bear witness for many years of the damage that war causes both to the environment and to human health. In 1991, during the Gulf War when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, a million depleted uranium shells were fired at the Iraqi tanks, spreading toxic, radioactive dust for miles around. Such dust is known to have lasting effects on the environment and to cause various forms of cancer and other serious illnesses among humans. Depleted uranium ammunition is still being used in Chechnya and in Iraq, and was also used not long ago in Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan. The cost of such wars, borne almost exclusively by the ten richest nations, has risen by 18 percent over the last ten years. They amount to US$1.630 billion, or the equivalent of 2,6 percent of the entire wealth of the world. The U.S. spends 43% of this amount, six times more than China, which comes second.. The political desire for peace and international cooperation seems helpless when faced with the economic interests of the arms industry. Mankind’s greatest challenge at the beginning of the third millennium, if economic development and international political stability are to be guaranteed, is to save the Earth’s biosphere and reduce the inequality between the North and the South. Just 10 percent of the money spent on military budgets over a period of ten years would be enough to achieve these objectives.
Copyright Credit:© Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Agreement Notes:MANDATORY CREDIT REQUIRED: PERMISSION GRANTED TO USE THIS IN THE CONTEXT OF THE PRESS RELEASE OF the ISIS Weapons Report 2015.

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