Monday, May 31, 2010

“rich man’s war, poor man’s fight.”

In “The Casualty Gap: The Causes and Consequences of American Wartime Inequalities.” , authors Douglas L. Kriner an assistant professor of political science at Boston University and Francis X. Shen a fellow in the MacArthur Foundation Law & Neuroscience Project and a visiting scholar at Vanderbilt Law School describe how disadvantaged communities have suffered a disproportionate share of the America’s wartime casualties, while richer communities have been more insulated from the costs of war.
Furthermore, the data suggest that this “casualty gap” between rich and poor communities has reached its widest proportions in the ongoing conflict in Iraq.

Moreover, they show for the first time that when Americans are explicitly confronted with evidence of this inequality, they become markedly less supportive of the nation's war efforts.

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