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As the world exits a century which saw two World Wars destroy titans and all but decimate entire generations of young men peaceful relations have become more crucial to maintaining world order and altruism The nuclear arms race of the Cold War has ended thankfully without war or significant destruction However the only way to maintain absolute world peace is the disarmament process War is an effective method to assert will but with the advancements that have been made in weaponry and war it comes with it a cost we can nary afford to pay Approximately 120 million landmines remain buried and armed in 71 countries worldwide Two to five million new landmines are planted each year In particularly war-torn countries such as Cambodia Afghanistan Angola and Bosnia millions of landmines remain Even in countries that havent seen war in years such as Vietnam and El Salvador mines still pose a threat Landmine clearance is incredibly expensive labor-intensive and inefficient Due to high metal content of the soil in some parts of the world metal detectors are rendered nearly worthless In areas where detectors can be used they often turn up war debris and are little help Though mines cost only 3-30 to produce and arm finding and disarming them may cost up to 1000 Furthermore minefields prevent humanitarian organizations from providing aid to those who may be in need they restrict accessibility and endanger those who do enter suspected mine zones Landmine casualties and injuries are devastating and unnecessary Landmine victims require four times as much medical care as those suffering from other war-related injuries perhaps because those other injuries often kill Treating a landmine victim costs 3000-5000 a significant amount in developing countries 2000 people a month about 25000 people a year are maimed or killed by land mines Of those 60 percent live to require medical care Save for action in Korea the US uses only smart mines mines
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