On Tuesday, August 9, the Cincinnati Peace Committee held a memorial at the World Peace Bell in Newport KY to remember and honor civilian casualties of war. August 9 is the 71st anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city of Nagasaki, Japan which happened 3 days after the annihilation of Hiroshima. 120,000 people were killed on these 2 days and tens of thousands would later die of radiation exposure. Most of these people were civilians.
In spite of the attempt to protect civilians with international treaties, the killing of civilians during war is an even larger problem today. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports that civilian fatalities account for more than 90% of all deaths in the wars that started since the 1990s.
Recently there was a report that US led airstrikes in Syria accidently killed more than 80 civilians, mostly woman and children. This tragedy was practically ignored by the US media compared to the coverage of the terrorist attack in Nice that was of the same magnitude. The US media mostly ignores civilian casualties of war caused by the US. This lack of media coverage leaves our citizens woefully uninformed as to the loss of life and terror we inflict on the people of other nations, and results in our lack of understanding as to why there is such strong and growing anti-American sentiment.
We believe that US citizens need to be aware that our military is killing more civilians than soldiers in our ongoing wars. We need to demand that our nation find other ways to make the world safe for us and for democracy, a way that is better than our current reliance on violence which kills innocent people and gives birth to terrorists resulting in even more violence.