To inform my audience about war evils and contribute into stopping wars
A. Have you ever thought how many wars and conflicts are currently going on? Does anyone have any suggestions? I have counted more than ninety wars and local conflicts that took place in 21 century. Among them eight wars and conflicts regularly emerge all over the globe. I also counted five “hot points” on the brink of war (“New and Recent Conflicts of the World”, n.pag.).
B. There Should Be no Wars in the Contemporary World.
C. Unfortunately, the statistics I am going to voice in this speech is painful. I will address several points including war victims, costs of war and people whose life had already become adapted to recurrent military activities.
II. Why We Should Avoid Wars by All Means
A. War Victims
1. Any war does without human casualties. The victims are not necessarily from among military. Among Iraq war victims were journalists, civilians and children whose lives were taken accidentally. In accordance with informal data, the most significant number is the quantity Iraqi civilians killed - over 100,000 of people.
2. There were 306 children kidnapped, some of them were missing. The figure seems to be insignificant in comparison to the number of Iraqi civilians killed but if there would be your child you would probably stop thinking that this statistics is inessential (White, n.pag.).
B. Costs of War
1. Have you ever asked yourself how much did you personally contributed into the war in Iraq? If we count the funds that were lost, unaccounted, reported stolen, missing, mismanaged or wasted the total sum would make up to $28 billion of taxpayers’ money. Imagine you put nine cents into the garbage can every day (White, n.pag.).
2. Do you realize that you indirectly participate in this war and finance it? Nine cents is not a big sum, but have you ever asked yourself – what if we could spend those money on building hospitals, sick people treatment or food for starving people in Africa making our world better rather then destroy it? I think that this is a personal responsibility of every person.
C. Quality of Life in Iraq
1. We used to feel safe. Often we do not ponder over this issue. Can you imagine yourself being constantly threatened by the insurgency attacks? In accordance with White (n.pag.), daily insurgent attacks in Iraq made up 163 times. Can you imagine having electricity only 5-10 hours a day? Do you know that 70% of Iraqis do not have an access to adequate water supply? (White, n.pag.).
2. Cease to complaint and ask an Iraq citizen about his or her life. Are they concerned about world economic crisis rather than are they worried to stay alive one more hour?
Does any war support humane or democratic ideas? I appeal to the good and the great: Stop use noble aims to justify your hidden personal agenda. In accordance with White (n.pag.), 67% of Iraqis do not feel secure because of occupation by “peacemakers” and 72% are not confident in defense ability of multi-national forces. No body needs war.
A. If you still feel that Iraq war is none of your business, you should go to the memorial wall in, for example, Illinois and stay there for a couple of hours (Passey, n.pag.).
B. If you stay indifferent to the problem of war, come and meet a mother who lost her son in the war. Just talk to her. No body should keep out of the problem that had become national (Passey, n.pag.)
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Passey, Brian. “Memorial Wall Honors Victims of Recent Wars.” USA TODAY, USA 17 June, Web.12 March 2012.
White, Deborah. Iraq War Facts, Results & Statistics at January 31, 2012. 31 Jan. 2012. Web.12 March 2012.