Monday, May 29, 2006

Memorial Day

For Memorial Day, some numbers:

Number killed on 9/11: 2986

Number of U.S. killed as a result of U.S. military activities since 9/11: 3091
(295 U.S. military killed in Afghanistan, 2464 U.S. military killed in War on Iraq, 332 U.S. civilians (e.g., contractors) killed in Iraq)

Number of Iraqi civilians killed since War on Iraq began: 38,000-42,000.
(These figures are critiqued by many as being low estimates.)

Sources for the above:

If you find figures that you believe are more accurate that differ from the ones here, please let me know in "comments," and please cite your sources.

Some additional context:

Wars apparently are becoming more and more deadly for civilians. Of the deaths caused by each of the following wars, here are the percentages of those deaths being civilian deaths:

World War I: 14%
World War II: 67%
Wars of the 1980's: 75%
Wars of the 1990's: 90%

Here is the book those statistics are from: WAR AND PUBLIC HEALTH, edited by Barry S. Levy and Victor Sidel, New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

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