This past week included quite a few issues and social problems that occur both on the micro and macro levels, particularly with regard to issues of injustice, inequality, violence, conflict, poverty, discrimination, disease, infection and poor physical and mental health. 

While it is easy to fragment social problems into pieces, it is important to recognize how social problems and issues are interconnected and related to one another. Such a consideration is also relevant to the discussion of war and terrorism and how they can potentially contribute to greater degrees of inequality within society, as well as negatively impact human health.  

For this blog assignment, please look up a specific war or terrorist act from any time in history that took place in any part of the the world (make sure to include the reference you found in your blog post). Include a brief description of the war or terrorist act that you have chosen, and in your own words, address how this particular conflict resulted in inequality and/or affected people's health and well-being.

***Your response (blog post) to this blog above is required by Sunday, December 18, 2011  at 11:59 p.m.***
Larai U.
12/14/2011 02:35:40 am

In August of 1945, the U.S. dropped two atomic bombs on hiroshima and Nagasaki. As allied forces were leading an effective war against Japan, many soldiers were dying and Truman wanted to end the war. The decision to drop the bomb is still up for debate. This is the first and only time that the atomic bomb was used. Two-thirds of Hiroshima was destroyed and 40% of Nagasaki was leveled. An estimated 70,000 people died the day of the explosion and another 70,000 died within five years due to radiation sickness. Those that did survive, suffered from burns and various other ailments with long term effects. People were left sick and homeless and having to fight for limited resources resulting in inequality. Many children were orphaned and left destitute lacking the necessities of life. (source: history1900'

Jacklyn Njoya
12/14/2011 02:39:18 am

On August 19, 2011 [in Kybher,Pakistan] a brutal act of terrorism took the lives of 47, and wounded more than 70 individuals.

A teenage male walked into a mosque [during Friday evening prayers], with every intention of taking his life via suicide bombing. Consequently, those who attended the prayer session were victimized [possibly] because of their religious affiliation. Due to conflict of religion, these victims suffered inequality because of how they identified themselves, spiritually.

Although those who were wounded were blessed to survive this attack, their lives are, without a doubt, effected negatively. Their physical well being was threatended. Unfortunately, these individuals may have to suffer for the duration of their lives from disabilities, or even psychological dysfunction.

Ibrahim Shinwari. Suicide Bomber Kills Atleast 47 in Pakistan. August 19, 2011.

Fraol Bejiga
12/16/2011 06:05:50 am

Ten terrorists associated to Lashkar-e-Toiba, a terrorist group in Pakistan, attacked several hotels and restaurants in Mumbai. These attacks were executed in November 26, 2008. 172 people including 14 police men were killed and 193 wounded by the attack.
The Mumbai attack was different from the attacks previously executed because it used modern technology, automatic arms and military tactics.
Terrorists estimated from 12 to 15 entered Mumbai by sea. After getting there, they attacked 10 places including police station, hotels, café, and cinemas across the city. The terrorists also hijacked a police van and moved across the city firing weapon at random places and people.
Public Intelligince. (2010). NYPD Law Enforcement Sensitive Mumbai Attack Analysis.

12/16/2011 09:52:27 am

12/16/2011 10:31:50 am

In 1890 there was the massacre of Wounded Knee of sioux native Americans. White soldiers killed 250 indians and wounded 50. How this started was sioux had a ritual called the ghost dance which basically was a dance that would bring back to life all the murdered native americans slian by white settlers and bring back the buffolo that the white settlers made extinct. Also the earth would be destroyed and everything would start anew with no white people. The U.S tried to ban the ghost dance from the reservations.
In south Dakota soldiers were afraid of the ghost dance and wanted back up because "indians are dancing in the snow and are wild and crazy". They were planing on arresting all of the sioux who participated in the dance. 350 indians wanted to get out of there becase they didnt kow what the soldier were going to do and went to wounded knee creek to get some refuge.
In the morning the troop of 500 soldiers started to take away their guns. Most of the indians gave them to them but one didnt and shot one soldier. Then the soldiers went nuts on everybody even though they were unarmed and killed everybody even children and women. A witness to this slaughter, Black Elk says, " Somwthing else died there in the bloody mud and was buried in the blizzard. A peoples dream died there." ( source: A people's history of American empire a graphic adaptation by Howard Zinn.)
This terrorist act resulted in inequality becuase Indians had bee treated so bad by the settlers before and this was it the native Americans had been finally conquered. They werent wiped out but the American settlers finally won the land they wanted because there were no more resisters. This was a ruthless killing of 250 innocent people and have oppressed them ever since. This just shows how sleazy people act when thier greed takes over them.

12/17/2011 01:17:53 am

On December 7, 1941, Japanese air forces attacked Pearl Harbor in where "the Navy and Marine Corps suffered a total of 2,896 casualties" (Pearl Harbor). This, plus previous factors of World War II, resulted in the US sending Japanese Americans into internment camps without being able to take their possessions; leaving behind their businesses, homes, etc. Here, there were families basically imprisoned. Among other things, they were given the option to renounce their American citizenship. Through these times, they faced a lot of unreasonable discrimination through and experienced many major losses of valued possessions.

Pearl Harbor. World War II History. Retrieved December 17, 2011, from

Aljahai Henley
12/17/2011 06:28:33 am

In 1994 the Rwandan Genocide claimed the lives of over 1 million people.The Hutus, the ruling majority in Rwanda, systematically raped, mutilated and murdered many Tutsis for several reasons, blaming them for the countries economic situation as well as supporting rebel factions that were fighting the government. The long standing tensions between the 2 ethnic groups erupted when a plane carrying President Habyarimana, a Hutu, was shot down on April 6, 1994. Launched under the pretext of war, the Hutus' intention was to wipe out the Tutsi people. The international community barely responded, months after the genocide took place. The Hutu government forced their people to partake under penalty of death. Over 800,000 Tutsis and thousands of Hutus who opposed the genocide died as a result of this. 70% of women who were raped during the genocide contracted HIV. Many families were torn apart or completely decimated.

Genocide in Rwanda. Retrieved December 17, 2011, from

Kinley Bunting
12/17/2011 09:05:50 am

On July 22, 2011, in Norway 76 people where killed in what seems like a two part attack by Anders Behring Breivik. Breivik has taken responsibility for the bombing in Oslo and shootings at a youth summer camp on Utoya Island. Eight people where killed in the bombing and 68 many of which include teens. Breivik has claimed responsibility for the attacks according to his lawyer and the judge of the case. This act of terror has not only stolen the lives from young teens but has also mentally affected those who have survived the attacks. Though the Prime Minister feels as though the attacks didn’t achieve its overall goal it has shaken a country that has to date been very open minded and peaceful.

Chun Yung
12/18/2011 01:55:46 am

In December 1st 1937, the Japanese Army come into the Nanking in China. They do a action call Nanking Massacre, and it also known as the Rape of Nanking. The Japanese army had murder, genocide, and rape in the town of Nanking, and nearly 300,000 people killed by the Japanese army. The people who dead are not soldiers they are citizens who live in Nanking. Women were raped in this war. The Japanese army bombed all the hospital in the war, so people do not have enough medicine if they get sick. After the Japanese army come, they need every people listen to them. If people do something wrong or forget to greetings with Japanese soldiers, The Japanese army will kill him/her immediately. People are not interested to go out, for they were afraid of facing Japanese soldiers. If people not work and live in the society, how can the well-being be good?

Nanking Massacre (2010) Home of Nanking Massacre n.d. from

Hawanya Jones
12/18/2011 05:49:22 am

On December 21, 1988 Pan-AM flight 103 was en-route from London's Heathron airport to New York, exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland killing 243 passengers 179 of them being Americans, 16 crew members and 11 people on the ground.It is said that Central Intelligence Agency concluded that Iran hired Damascus-based radical Palestinian to carry out the operation. Some believe that it was a retaliation of the bombing of Libya's capitol tripoli in 1986. Two Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi and Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah was turned over to Scottish authorities in 1999 for their involvement. Hundreds of lives was lost and the American people was left feeling unsafe.

Lisa D.
12/18/2011 07:25:35 am

In 1994 the Rwandan Genocide occurred and left an estimate of 800,000 dead. The Rwandan Genocide was Rwandans against Rwandans; the Hutu people verses the Tutsi people. There was always tension between the two groups once free from the Belgian colonization. The Tutsi being the "light skinned" "thin nosed" group were the ones put in power of the country. The Hutus who were very involved with the government put ideas in the other hutus heads that the Tutsi people wanted to enslave the Hutu. The Hutu Power group known as Akazu were the ones who planned the genocide. The Hutu were supported by the government, the country's militia and media. They killed not only Tutsi people but Hutu people who were against the genocide and many women/girls were raped by the militia.

Aftermath: many displaced from their homes and living in refugee camps infested with diseases such as cholera. so many still dying!

source: & Hotel Rwanda (film)

Hawaya Abby
12/18/2011 08:25:32 am

In 1991, the Somali Civil War was taking place. Siad Barre, (the president of Somalia_ began attacking clan-based groups opposed to his rule. The rebel group formed by the Issaq clan called SNM (Somali National Movement) formed to take Barre out of office. Ethiopia funded them; they supplied them with money and weapons. The SNM gained control of the north, while the united Somali congress got control of the south. Siad Barre ended up fleeing the country. The fighting led to the killing and starvation of thousands of Somalis. The UN has to intervene by bringing militarily in 1992
This resulted in Somalia, especially the south being a complete mess. There hasn’t been any government in Somalia since Siad Barre fled in 1991. 20years with no stable government, it’s no wonder Somalia is having so much fighting. In 1991, somaliand has declared it’s independence, although it’s not recognized internationally, it’s remained peaceful even establishing a government with elections. But the inequality in the south is evident, seen on TV the terrorist group al qaeda, the famine, and the constant fighting. It’s extremely dangerous to live in Mogadishu and it’s been like that for the past 20years. There is still a war in Somalia, and until they get some sort of government it will never be safe.

Stephon Green
12/18/2011 09:41:54 am

September 11, 2001, 19 extremists of the terrorist group al-Qaeda, hijacked four commercial airplanes and used them to carry out suicide missions against targets in the United States. They smuggled weapons onto the plane and used them to intimidate and subdue the passengers and pilots of the planes. They flew two of the planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon in Virginia and the fourth plane crashed in an open field in Pennsylvania. The fourth plane United Airlines 93 was rumored to have been headed for the White House, but due to the bravery and resistance of passengers the hijackers were overthrown and the plane crashed before it could reach their target. September 11th caused a lot of death and destruction. 3,000 people died from workers in the trade centers and pentagon, the planes, firefighters and policemen. Thousands of families became displaced and lost loved ones. Americans became afraid to use transportation and afraid to be out in the public. People began to target innocents of certain ethnicities and religions due to ignorance and racism such as Islamic and middle eastern people. Those who survived where severely injured and developed chronic health problems from the explosions and collapse of the building which resulted in hazardous materials and substances to be exposed. Many people never heard from friends and family ever again and never got remains or closure.

12/18/2011 10:25:36 am

The 2011 Monterrey casino attack was a narcoterrorist attack that took place in city of Monterrey, Mexico, on August 25, 2011. Government sources revealed that 52 people were killed,but local reviews mention that 61 bodies were eventually found after a few days. In addition, this terrorist attack left over a dozen injured, and over 35 trapped for several hours before the Mexican forces arrived at the place a few minutes after the incident. The media reports said the majority of those killed were women. Although the government crackdown of the drug cartels dates back to 2006, Monterrey became an increasingly violent city in 2010,due to the rupture of the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas. This attack was planned and carried out by the most violent drug cartel in Mexico, Los Zetas. The media also stated that surveillance videos show how four vehicles with several well-armed gunmen arrived at the entrance of Casino Royale. After the gunmen descended from their vehicles, they quietly stormed the casino's main entrance, opened fire at a few gamblers and guests, and then doused the casino entrances with gasoline and started a fire that trapped the people inside. This attack was classified as the most violent and bloodiest in the history of Monterrey and of the whole state of Nuevo Leon.

Surafel A Reta
12/18/2011 11:09:11 am

The Munich Massacre was a terrorist attack during the 1972 Olympic Games. Eight Palestinian terrorists killed two members of the Israeli Olympic team and then took nine others hostage. The situation was ended by a huge gunfight that left five of the terrorists and all of the nine hostages dead. Following the massacre, the Israeli government organized a retaliation against Black September, called Operation Wrath of God(

Jeanne Jarvis-Gibson
12/18/2011 12:07:51 pm

In Southern Israel, seven people were killed and 26 people were wounded during this terrorist attack in August of 2011. First there was a drive-by shooting in the early afternoon, then a mortar from Egypt was fired to Israel. Other incidents also occurred that day including missiles being shot at vehicles. IDF forces did however,kill some of the terrorists they found. This attack was brutal and killed the lives of people. This attack also created more conflict between Egypt and Israel and crested more tension.

jeanne Jarvis-Gibson
12/18/2011 12:08:34 pm


Robel Beyene
12/18/2011 12:48:52 pm

"Eight people were wounded when a Palestinian man from Nablus attacked a Tel Aviv nightclub. The terrorist hijacked a taxi in Jaffa and rammed into an Israel Border Police checkpoint that had been set up to protect the event of over 2,000 people. He then jumped out of the taxi, shouted “Allahu Akhbar” and began stabbing bystanders and police."

This affected peoples health and well-being because the guy jumped out and started killing people in the name of what ever hes beliefs in. I guess its hard to get somebody to not do something or at lest understand them when you don't share the same beliefs as them.


mydiem le
12/18/2011 12:50:41 pm

My terrorist attack that I have chosen is September 11th attack. After that attack there has been random checks at the airport, terrorist jokes, basically preduice against Muslims along with anybody that looks like they are Muslim. This effects them because they could be some of the most humble people in the world and their religion is actually is beautiful, people just don't take out the time to actually look into it.


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