You have to give them credit, the U.S. military is really good at what they do. This memorial day weekend, the announcement came that 5,000 American lives have now been lost since the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001. Here in America, the news is presented with a sense of somberness, heartbreak and tragedy, but also of honor, valor and purpose.
We are meant to feel sad about this, to demand justice for this; more austerity in our attacks. Here in America, despite growing economic concerns and some civil unrest, we have to admit we do live in a very safe and peaceful country comparatively. Too often, Westerners are sheltered from world news, especially by many of our major news networks. This makes society oblivious or indifferent to the suffering of the world around us.
Many Americans take for granted how good we have it in this country, even if everything may not be not ideal. So, if you are one of the American’s who are upset when you hear that 5,000 Americans have died, please, just think for a moment how our foreign policy has killed over 1 million people over that same time. These are real people, real lives, same as your own.
It is impossible for Americans to imagine living in a war zone, surrounded by chaos, death and violence; yet people all around the world deal with this on a daily basis. For many people, there only crime was being born. I hope these figures gives you a sense of how senseless our foreign policy has been and still remains. All that war accomplishes, is death – nothing that anyone should ever be proud of.
Iraq – As of 2013, the number of Iraqi’s who have been killed since 2003 was 461,000: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/10/131015-iraq-war-deaths-survey-2013/
20,050 died in 2014 and another 17,401 died last year in 2015: https://www.iraqbodycount.org/database/
Afghanistan & Pakistan – As of last year, 149,000 people have died in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2001: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/06/03/149000-people-have-died-in-war-in-afghanistan-and-pakistan-since-2001-report-says/
Libya – Since 2011 when Qaddafi was overthrown, 4,600 people have died in Libya: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/regrets-of-a-revolution-libya-after-qaddafi/
Yemen – Over 8,100 people have died in Yemen in 2015: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=52938
Palestine – 9,370 Palestinians have died since the Bush Era began in 2001: http://www.ifamericansknew.org/stat/deaths.html
Syria –The damage has been expedited in Syria as 470,000 people died from 2011 to 2015: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/a-staggering-new-death-toll-for-syrias-war-470000/
Another 21,000 are estimated to have been killed just this year: http://www.iamsyria.org/death-tolls.html
Hence, adding the totals of these figures equates to 1,160 521 deaths (Total).
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