The cost of war
When the United States invaded Iraq 16 years ago how many of us predicted the wide-scale destruction and mass casualties of both civilians and combatants?
Today is the 16th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq – and although there was a formal withdrawal in 2011, this U.S. led military operation was renewed in 2014 as Operation Inherent Resolve and continues today. The damage inflicted is almost immeasurable but here are the latest statistics:
- 200,000 civilian deaths
- 50,000 combatant deaths
- Over $2.4 trillion spent
This can’t continue. The cost of war to human life is too high – to the people of Iraq who are trying to rebuild their lives and to us at home, struggling to thrive as we fight an uphill battle to guarantee equality, healthcare, clean water and more for all.
And although we can’t change the past, we can look forward to the future – a future where we ensure politicians call for diplomacy and negotiation to resolve international tensions rather than brute force and threats.
With your help, we can elect Greens across the country who will put people first, cut the military budget, close the bases and bring our troops home.
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I hope that you will consider giving today. With your donation of $25, $50, $100, or whatever you can give, you will lead the way to Greener, more sustainable politics that will help ensure a more peaceful, loving world.
Co-Chair, Green Party of the United States
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