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War Costs, Deaths, and Injuries
1) How much is it costing
$5.4 billion ($4.4 billion in
Source: "Disparity in
2) How many
More than 900 US Soldiers have been killed since May 1, 2003, when U.S. President George W. Bush declared major combat over. Since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq began in March, 2003, almost 16,000 wounded, injured or sick soldiers from the conflict have been evacuated to Landstuhl, Germany which handles between 30 and 55 a day from Iraq and Afghanistan alone. About 160 U.S. soldiers from Iraq have had limbs amputated, and 200 have lost all or part of their sight from bomb blasts. About 1,400 U.S. soldiers have been treated exclusively for mental health problems caused by the trauma of war.
Source: U.S. casualties grim cost of Iraq war: Human tragedies take toll on medics, Sandro Contento, Toronto Star, Sep. 26, 2004
"Death, injury, illness toll at 10,000
3) How much has the war in
The total spending allocated to
Source: "The Cost of War for States and
4) How many tons of depleted uranium have we left in
"The Pentagon and United Nations estimate that US
and British forces used 1,100 to 2,200 tons of armor-piercing shells made of
depleted uranium during attacks in
Source: "Use of depleted uranium weapons lingers as health concern,"
Larry Johnson, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Foreign Desk Editor,
5) What are the health consequences of using depleted uranium in the first Gulf War?
Depleted uranium "can produce cancer in the lungs,
bones, blood, or kidneys....Children are 10 to 20 times more sensitive to the
effects of radiation than adults....pediatricians in the Iraqi town of Basra,
for example, are reporting an increase of 6 to 12 times in the incidence of
childhood leukemia and cancer." "The incidence of congenital
malformations has doubled in the exposed populations in
Sources: "Medical Consequences of Attacking
6) Do you know what depleted uranium is and what the main health and environmental effects of depleted uranium are?
Described as a "serious health threat" by the US Defense Nuclear
Agency, DU is a particularly lethal toxin because it poses the double risk of
chemical and radioactive poisoning. Former US army colonel Doug Rokke, who served in the Gulf War to advise on radioactive
clean up, says almost every person in his 30-member team is now seriously ill
because of DU, and three have died of lung cancer. Yet DU poisoning doesn’t
stop there. In one military unit, 67% of children born to US Gulf veterans had
severe illnesses or birth defects. And one Canadian study of a DU-affected site
DU, the byproduct of enriching uranium for nuclear weapons or reactors, is used in armor-piercing shells and becomes deadly immediately after hitting a solid object. Once detonated, DU bursts into a burning spray of radioactive dust, spreading as far as 26 miles from its point of impact. With such a wide range of radiation, DU has disastrous consequences for the nearby land, water supply, civilian population, and affected soldiers.
Sources: "Q&A: Depleted uranium weapons," Alex Kirby, BBC
Environment Correspondent, BBC News, World Edition,
"Forum: Ask Alex Kirby," BBC News,
7) What are the total estimated deaths of Iraqi civilians?
The Medact report, Continuing Collateral Damage, estimates that 22,000 to 55,000 people on all sides, including those in the military, have died in the war.
Source: "Iraqi’s ‘Health Will Suffer for Generations’," James Meikle, Guardian Newspapers Limited, 2003, http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1083106,00.html
8) How many
Source: "US deaths in
9) What are the total estimated deaths of
3,800 civilian deaths in
10) According to Nuclear Posture Review, leaked to the press in January
Sources: Nuclear Posture Review, http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/policy/dod/npr.htm
Los Angeles Times article at www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-op-arkinmar10.story
11) Open: Do you feel safer now than you did before we went to war with
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