In this time of uncertainty people are forced to make a decision as .
to weather they do or do not support the use of military action to solve .
global disputes. War, in my opinion, is not an option and thousands of .
people agree with this as they are protesting the ongoing dispute in Iraq .
around the world. There are many reasons not to go to war and despite .
what many people may believe, there are peaceful alternatives to .
military action. .
It is a common belief, after WWII that when a country goes to .
war it's economy will receive a boost as a result of the war effort. .
According to 2001 Nobel Prize winner for Economics Joseph Stiglitz, .
people hoping for an economic boom from a war with Iraq will be .
disappointed and in fact a war with Iraq will have a very negative .
impact on the global economy. (The News Strait Times, Oct. 15/2002) .
Times have changed and unless the entire country is affected, like with .
WWII, the economy will not be boosted. We have already seen an .
extreme rise in gas and oil prices as a result of the war with Iraq right .
here in Canada, many people are barely surviving in order to pay the .
ridiculous bills. .
Vivienne Nathan, the head of science and ethics at the British .
Medical Association says that even in the cleanest, most limited conflicts .
people die and people suffer. (NewScientist.com news service Nov. .
12/2002) In any conflict there is the element of the suffering of the .
people in that country. In the ongoing U.S./Iraq war hunger and .
disease are threatening the lives of millions of Iraqi people. No matter .
what humanitarian relief is provided a lot of innocent people will suffer .
or die. In any war there are casualties of solders on the battlefields but .
no matter what precautions the opposing parties take to minimize .
civilian casualties there will always be the unavoidable deaths of .
innocent people "caught in the crossfire" so to speak. According to The .
United States Civil War Center Website, in Vietnam an estimated 587 .