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MILJÖDISORDER AS WAR DISORDER

MILJÖDISORDER AS WAR DISORDER
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§ 1. Introduction
War, as a disorder shall one day receive its treatments. And it shall come to pass that one day people with war disorders will travel to certain hospitals at home and abroad to receive treatments from their different disorders that compel them to engage in war disturbances and other minor conflicts. Professional psychiatrists shall administer these treatments.

In the previous articles, we mentioned something about the War Patrons; those that are known as “war fathers” or “war ancestors” they breed wars or become fathers to wars fought on the planet earth. We would like now to deal with one of the most fearful of all war disorders, that is, “miljödisorders;” the latter word originates quite simply from the Swedish word “environment” or “milieu”. Miljödisorders will be defined below as a disorder that the environment suffers which in turn spread to human beings, the result which can be instantly catastrophic and continues for a long period or forever.

§ 2. Background
Man is basically nature; for he was formed with matter the common substance that the planet earth is constituted of, so after death (that is, when he ceases to exist) he goes back to become the same matter again. Thus, in this case, human beings share their common fate together with all other living things that were also formed from the same matter, for the end of life means a return to the state of the beginning ex nihilo, in Hebrew language.

The human life depends on the surrounding living things we see around, which consists of the trees, shrubs, vegetables, apples, water, air, and etc that provide the human organism food in the form of vital minerals and energy. The Sun, the most vital of all the things we see around contributes to the formation of the superb environment that makes it comfortable to live on the planet. The plants depend on the Sun for energy to make their own food and sugar (photosynthesis) and these living things serve the human organism as food in that they help the latter to grow when they are eaten up. The rivers that we witness around provide the fresh air that the organism inhales in order to live as a living being. As oxygen and nitrogen are inhaled into the living system, combustion reaction results, which together with the food intake energy and a kind of electricity is provided to the organism through the bloodstream, which make the human organism to continue to live and perform work. Carbon dioxide and water is given back through the nostrils as the poisonous gases that the organism does not want in his system. The plants also produce oxygen in the daytime (light phase) that is needed by man while in the night it produces Carbon dioxide into the atmosphere (dark phase).

This form of interdependence between the living things on the planet and human beings means that at the disappearance of the other living things or the deficit of these things could affect tremendously life on earth by man. It is very likely that with the disappearance of the livings things including the rivers that produce the oxygen, our fate will be like the dinosaurs which disappeared from the planet because of catastrophes; probably asteroid coming down to destroy the living things and the release of a poisonous gas destroying all other living things that served as food and air source.

Human beings therefore could not live with disequilibrium of these things on the planet earth concerning the inappropriate utilisation of the living things and the destruction of those things that make the planet worthy for our continuing habitation on it.

§ 3. Defintion
Miljödisorders refer to disturbances that are directed to the destruction or contamination of the living things and the earth during war and other major conflicts. And these disorders in turn affecting human beings to possess disequilirium minds or dysfunction of the body in order not to allow them to function normal on the planet. Here the disturbances are commenced by nations that are in disagreement with one another and as a result use weapons of mass destruction or nuclear weapons with the intention of wiping the other's citizens that indirectly cause devastation on the planet and the environment as a whole. Miljödisorders are the worse of all war disorders because while human beings can produce more offspring and erect their buildings and bridges that have been destroyed once again when the war is over, the things destroyed during the wars concerning earth may be unable to be replenished by man. Some of the contamination to be experienced by the employment of nuclear weapons could leave the earth desolate for ages if not forever. That is why miljödisorders are not to be taken for granted and therefore appropriate methods should be sought whereby human beings could refrain from causing such disorders on earth that in turn affect biological and psychic equilibrium of human beings.

§ 4. Symptoms or Characteristics
Some of the notable characteristics of these kinds of disorders are the contamination that occurs to the environment when the uses of nuclear weapons are made. Though we have not witnessed them being employed this century, the latter century saw the used of atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan by the Americans during the Second World War in 1944. The disorders that occurred to these areas cannot be described here in this short article. The aftermath of this catastrophe also had its own consequences, which include water contamination, air pollution, serious illnesses as well as numerous birth disorders that followed the employment of this deadly weapon in this part of the earth. Some of the effects are still being suffered though the authorities have kept quite about them. The testing of these weapons by different countries on earth and under the seas also has also its own repercussions. Fishes in these seas become contaminated and the environment itself is also influenced such that no meaningful living could be made there and its entire vicinity. At the moment, scientists have asserted that because of the use of nuclear weapons and other poisonous weapons on earth the human DNA has been affected. The uses of gas weapons are harmful weapons that could have effect in a wide area or region. They could cause destruction of the far distant environment and also it could cause blindness to those human beings living in those areas where it was first applied or experimented.

§ 5. Case Studies
(a) Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan
The climate of the environment, the houses, and the human beings all suffered some disorders from the released of radiation, which the atomic bomb caused to these biggest cities in Japan. This experience would later warn the world about how their own creation of war instruments and weapons could do to the world, if they did not desist from warring against one another. The biological disorders and psychiatric disorders were enormous, and up till now many people in Japan still suffer from the released of this radiation into the area and its surrounding regions.

(b) Chernobyl in Russia
The experience of people that worked there and those that lived in the vicinity serve accounts that remind us of how miljödisorders could become. Even though the catastrophe occurred due to accident but not war, its relation to war is seen concerning an authoritarian government that minded its own policies more than the lives of its citizens. As the people were not informed about this accident due to the Winmust syndrome, many innocent people became victims, which took their lives later. The primary psychiatric disorders of the victims were originated by the bad policy of its authoritarian regime.

(c) The Middle East
The use of gas weapons on certain ethnic groups in the region by the late President caused havoc and deaths of many innocent citizens in the Republic. Women and children were suffocated to death. Still, the majority of the people that survived the catastrophe suffered from PostTraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

§ 6. Analysis and Discussion
There are indications that individuals have phobic symptoms concerning the places or environments where weapons of mass destruction have been used, tested, or hidden. These experiences show that people do not feel comfortable staying around those places where miljödisorders are common. In Chernobyl where the accident occurred, only Elderly people found it comfortable or convenient to return to their houses due to nostalgia. They suffered from loneliness, dejection, and depression. But the younger adults experienced crisis in their lives to be moved from their favourite abode to somewhere else where they did not feel welcome or felt at home. Therefore, it could be asserted that apart from biological disorders these citizens suffered from psychiatric disorders which revealed themselves in their having phobia and paranoid symptoms concerning the environment where these took place. Crisis in splitting different families and their inability to plant in those areas where they have spent most of their lives made most family members to experience real shock in their lives.

Miljödisorders are the threat of every living human being in the world at the present time because of the numerous weapons, which major nations in the world have gathered together with the intention of protecting themselves and their citizens from aggression of neighbouring states. Meanwhile, because of the unstableness of many leaders that possess these nuclear weapons, the world is always threatened by the presence of these leaders that once a while they infuriate one another to test their capacity as a stronger nation that possess superb weapons capability.

Extreme fear, anxiety, perspiration from mild headaches as well as intensive ones are the characteristics of many citizens that live in the countries where the leaders threaten one another concerning their use of these deadly weapons. One is always reminded of the disappearance of the dinosaurs from the planet earth and the submersion of certain civilisations from the earth due to the major catastrophes that occurred in the world. People have foreboding concerning miljödisorders that unless the people of the world turn away from arms race or make war illegitimate, one day we shall wake up and discover that one unreflecting human being has managed to get hold of the piled nuclear weapons and used it to destroy himself and the people of the world just as it frequently takes place in the USA, where the decision to die means an individual could take as many as he wants with him also.

§ 7. Conclusion
Miljödisorders are the major threat that both world leaders and their citizens dread about their presence in this world. Especially this is the case with those communist countries that became independent from the former Soviet Union. People have phobia as regards those nuclear warheads that are being kept in their countries. Both biological disorders and psychiatric disorders which miljödisorders endanger make it that currently there is stringent attempt by the world to work in unison to control the environment and the climate of the world as well as have keen control about these hidden weapons. They are disorders that affect everybody including children and the unborn children. Since they have the possibility to wipe everyone from this planet, efforts should be made to curb them from coming and also watch diligently to hinder other catastrophes that should commence from outside the Solar system.

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