CostofWars.com was made to highlight the extreme amount of money the United States has spent over the years on modern wars all over the world. The modern wars have been paid for almost entirely by borrowing. This borrowing has raised the U.S. budget deficit, increased the national debt, and had other macroeconomic effects, such as raising consumer interest rates. Unless the U.S. immediately repays the money borrowed for war, there will also be future interest payments.
Not only are there economic ramifications to war, but there is human costs as well. According to the NY Times, at least 108 million people were killed in wars in the twentieth century. Estimates for the total number killed in wars throughout all of human history range from 150 million to 1 billion. War has several other effects on population, including decreasing the birthrate by taking men away from their wives. The reduced birthrate during World War II is estimated to have caused a population deficit of more than 20 million people.
We can be safe and secure without wars
Militarism has made us less safe, and continues to do so says World Beyond War. It is not a useful tool for protection. Other tools are. Studies over the past century have found that nonviolent tools are more effective in resisting tyranny and oppression and resolving conflicts and achieving security than violence is.
Wealthy militarist nations like the United States think of their militaries as global police, protecting the world. The world disagrees. By a large margin people all over the world consider the United States the greatest threat to peace.
What are better uses of money than wars?
Wars aren’t good for much besides spending billions of dollars, killing millions of people, and for countries and their government officials to flex their muscles in attempt to show how powerful they are. Blood money (money for wars) could be better spent on schools, children’s programs, education, fixing problems in your home country, technology, fighting poverty, helping the homeless (including vets!), and a lot more. There are literally endless causes to spend money on rather than wars.