May 20, 2013
The Costs of War: Dollars, Lives and National Identity
Posted on Mar 19, 2013
The Iraq War has killed at least 189,000 people to date, including a minimum of 123,000 civilians, and could cost taxpayers a total of $4 trillion as interest accrues on money borrowed to fund the invasion and subsequent occupation.
The numbers come from a massive new report by a team of 30 economists, anthropologists, political scientists, legal experts and physicians about the Iraq War’s effect titled “The Costs of War.”
Neta Crawford, a professor of political science at Boston University and co-author of the report, describes the impact.
“The costs, I think can be put into three baskets. The first is the short-term budgetary costs, second are the immediate human toll … and then there’s the long-term economic consequences,” Crawford said.
After Crawford’s segment on “Democracy Now!” Raed Jarrar, an Iraqi-American blogger, political analyst and American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee communications director, tells how the invasion brought “the complete destruction of the Iraqi national identity.”
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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