While many are debating whether the killing of Osama Bin Laden was ‘wrong‘ or ‘good and healthy‘, I think it’s important for us to reflect on whether the journey of war that got us here was even worth it.
Some highlights on the past 10 years:
An initial blow to the economy of $40 billion of insured losses due to the attacks
$1.2 trillion dollars has been spent – See the live counter here
There have been over 100,000 Iraqis and Afghans documented civilian casualties.
Over 3 million Iraqis and Afghans remain displaced today.
And these are just some of the costs accounted so far. There are also massive burdens upon veterans returning home – from treating the over 200,000 traumatic brain injuries to the estimated 18 suicides per day amongst veterans.
And then there’s the misleading of the public in engaging in the Iraq war in the first place, the the images of torture that were exposed, oh and the huge debt that is accumulating in the order of $4 trillion to $6 trillion dollars!
What could we have done with $4 trillion dollars? Solve the global water crisis? Eliminate global poverty? Here’s an interesting little app that allows you to put global issues into a shopping cart and try to spend a trillion dollars.
3,000 lives were tragically lost in the horrific attacks of 9/11. Should criminals be brought to justice? Absolutely. Were the two post 9/11 wars worth it? I don’t think so.
The video below is a few years old but does a great job of outlining the costs of the war.