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Cost of the War Racket since WWII

Posted by feww on March 21, 2016

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The cost of upkeep of the world’s darkest empire

The most costly military operations since WWII, as estimated by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti, are as follows:

1. The US ‘War on Terror’ (waged on Iraq, Afghanistan): Up to $6 Trillion

The cost of War on Terror, the biggest war racket in the American history, easily dwarfs that of World War II, estimated at about $3 trillion (inflation adjusted.)

… the War on Terror has cost the US-led Coalition thousands of soldiers’ lives, with tens of thousands more injured. Neither the War in Iraq nor the NATO War in Afghanistan can be said to have been even a qualified success. Following over a decade of sectarian violence, large swathes of western Iraq are now occupied by Daesh Islamist militants. Afghanistan, meanwhile, has seen the Taliban regain control over large areas of the country as the NATO mission winds down.  Read more…

2. Vietnam War: $738 Billion

“Vietnam War, which lasted eight years, would cost the US $738 billion [in 2011 dollars] and more than 58,000 US military personnel.”

3. Korean War: $341 Billion

“Allied carpet bombing is estimated to have destroyed upwards of three quarters of North Korea’s population centers; in all, the US dropped 635,000 tons of bombs, including 32,000 tons of napalm, on the peninsula, which is more than the total dropped during the entirety of the US’s Pacific campaign in WWII.”

  • The three-year war left an estimated 2.5 million people dead, and more than 1.5 million other wounded. About 400,000 others were declared abducted or missing.

4. Gulf War: Operation ‘Desert Storm’: $102 Billion

The depleted uranium munition used during the 42-day Operation Desert Storm “were estimated to have dramatically increased cancer rates among Iraqi military personnel and civilians, with government statistics showing cancer rates rising from 40 per 100,000 people before the Gulf War in 1991, to 800 per 100,000 in 1995, to over 1,600 per 100,000 in 2005.”

5. The NATO Bombing Campaign in Yugoslavia: $43 Billion

The 78-day NATO campaign, code-named Operation Allied Force, “saw attacks by Allied aircraft against military targets and civilian infrastructure in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY),” which cost the organization about $43 billion.  Read more…

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Syria Refugees Top 2 Million

Posted by feww on September 3, 2013

FIRE-EARTH log on Syria – dated June 14, 2012

The joint proxy war waged by Saudi Arabia and Israel against Syria has entered a new phase. The head of UN peacekeeping operations has described the Syrian conflict as a “civil war.”

5,000 Refugees crossing Syria’s borders each day: UNHCR

Some two million Syrian refugees, including more than 1 million children aged 17 or younger, are now living in Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, said the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR.

The 2 million figure represents Syrians who have registered as refugees or awaiting registration. As of end August the total comprised 168,000 in Iraq, 110,000 in Egypt, 716,000 in Lebanon, 515,000 in Jordan, and 460,000 in Turkey.

The exodus represents “a disgraceful humanitarian calamity with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent history.” said the High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres.

“The risks for global peace and security that the present Syria crisis represents, I’m sure, are not smaller than what we have witnessed in any other crisis that we have had since the Vietnam war,” said Guterres, a former Portuguese prime minister.

A further 4.25 million people are displaced internally, according to data from the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA),  which means there are now more people forcibly displaced in Syria than in any other country.

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Human river of Syrian refugees cross border into northern Iraq, August 2013. Photo: UNHCR/G. Gubaeva

About 98 per cent of Syria’s refugees are hosted by 4 neighboring countries and nearby Egypt, placing an overwhelming burden on their infrastructures, economies and societies.

Meantime, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, has expressed her dismay at the level of death, destruction and danger that has forced so many Syrians to run for their lives.

“The world risks being dangerously complacent about the Syrian humanitarian disaster. The tide of human suffering unleashed by the conflict has catastrophic implications. If the situation continues to deteriorate at this rate, the number of refugees will only grow, and some neighbouring countries could be brought to the point of collapse,” she said.

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