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All Wars Are Against Environment

November 17, 2008

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Asset wars or political wars, a war is a war of destruction – devastation of people and nature.and gains, if any, ultimately far under weighing the losses..

Not only have recent conflicts in Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Liberia been fought over natural resources, but the exploitation of those resources for example, timber and diamonds in turn funded the combatants to acquire weapons.


This has given rise to the concept of ”asset wars”, where economic interests in relation to natural resources commercialise and prolong conflict. The misuse of natural resources, such as diamonds, or the scarcity of resources, such as water, serves to fuel the conflict, which often becomes a self-perpetuating process.

Environmental degradation and exploitation can thus be both a cause and a consequence of armed conflict. Internal disputes over scarce resources can give rise to social upheaval and tensions within a country, which may motivate combatants in a conflict to consider ”targeting” the environment.
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