Tomorrow marks the fifth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq. George Bush said today that they had achieved:
"a major strategic victory in the broader war on terror".Agreed?
700,000 killed and 4 million refugees..... and here is the financial cost... keep reading......
It is estimated that the overall cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is somewhere between $5 trillion and $7 trillion for the US alone and another $6 trillion for other countries.
Officially, the US spends $16 billion every month to occupy Iraq and Afghanistan (this figure includes only direct expenses).
The United Nations estimates that $195 billion would end world hunger and most of the devastating diseases afflicting the world’s poor. AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, extreme poverty could all be brought into manageable numbers or completely eradicated for less than the cost of one year of war in Iraq!!!
The world is so screwed up.
(btw this is a criticism of War, not of America which has produced many good things and great people like Eilis!)