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War deaths in recent history


Fergus Hanson


16 November 2007 16:05

Sam Roggeveen writes, 'it is clear that Western militaries and their political leaderships have cast aside the idea that it is acceptable to deliberately kill innocents in service of the greater good.'

The move towards less deadly modes of warfare appears to be part of a global trend. While acknowledging the difficulty of collecting accurate figures for battle field deaths (and omitting events like the Rwandan genocide), data collected by the Human Security Report Project has revealed a sharp long-term decline in the number of battlefield deaths. The 2006 Human Security Brief identified a 40 per cent decline in worldwide battle field deaths from 2002 to 2005, with the biggest drop in sub Saharan Africa. Go back to the 50s and the trend is even more dramatic.