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American Misadventures Destroying the World

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In 2008 renowned economist and Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz and Linda J. Bilmes co-authored a book The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict and prophesied that Iraq and Afghan wars will cost America 3 trillion dollars. Experts say that the cost has surpassed the old estimates. It may go up to 5 to 6 trillion dollars.

This wasteful expenditure has affected the US economy in a big way. Presently American foreign debt is estimated to be around $17 trillion, and it is steadily increasing. It has serious repercussion for the world economy also.

A human life is worth millions of dollars. Let us see how war caused death and destruction in Iraq. Coalition forces led by the United States of America have lost about 4800 men. As regards the Iraqi deaths there are varying estimates made by “Iraq Body Count”, “Lancet”, “ORB”, etc. ranging from 12.5 lakh to more than a million. Former US President George W. Bush had infamously said that “we do not count dead bodies” (read “of enemies”). Yes, America is interested only in its own geo-political goals and does not bother about death and destruction imposed upon lesser humans.

Before the invasion of 19 March 2003, Iraq was, by and large, a peaceful country, though under a tyrant dictator. But the US invasion, purportedly to find out weapons of mass destruction, and later on, as an afterthought, to introduce democracy, has cost Iraq more than a million lives and untold miseries and widespread destruction. .

Besides this, about 45 lakh Iraqis were displaced (more than half of them fled to other countries and the remaining internally displaced). The invasion opened the floodgates of insurgency, Shia-Sunni conflicts, anti-establishment attacks and ethnic clashes. Iraq has certainly paid a very heavy human cost for American misadventurism while America also remains a big loser.

The American misadventure in Afghanistan is a separate story. Nobody knows if there is any end to these misadventures which are destroying human life and debilitating America also.



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