Yesterday the world paused and observed a minute of silence in honour of those that sacrificed everything in the struggle for freedom. Unfortunately, the war that was intended to end all wars, World War I, did not take into account human nature and to this day armed conflicts around the globe are still the norm. The war in Afghanistan, this week, claimed the life of yet another American soldier and injured 60 others. Add to this the lives of soldiers and their families that have been changed forever, with the horrors they have seen in this war torn country. Many of them with multiple tours.
The world remains fragile, especially in the Middle East. Iran’s nuclear capability is a threat not only for the region, but for the globe as a whole. Israel has been said to be planning a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, while Iran has threatened to respond harshly if anyone should attack. While the fragile situation remains in the Middle East, one must ask how wise it is to withdraw US troops from Iraq at this time. Hopefully Iraq’s government has the ability to keep the country safe.
The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have claimed 6308 American soldiers and injured another 47,073, not including those with mental scars. The toll over the last decade has, in fact, been quite high. At the very least we should see some tangible results for this sacrifice. The DoD figures only tell a part of the story.
Below are this weeks updated DoD casualty figures:
Op Enduring Freedom Total Deaths KIA Non Hostile WIA
Afghanistan Only 1717 1435 282 14793
Other Locations 103 12 91
DoD Civ Casualties 3 1 2
Worldwide Total 1823 1448 375 14793
Accumulated 2011 Casualties
KIA Non Combat Deaths WIA
338 81 4677
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