113,728 Civilian Deaths and 1,033,000 Conflict Deaths Later, the IRAQ War Has Semi-Ended
With over a hundred thousand deaths and an astonishing 113,680 reported civilian deaths, the Iraq war is all over?? Was it worth it?
Nearly 9 years of struggle, corruption and invasion has been reported over the years, and yet the accusations of human abuse by the Iraq government doesn’t seem to have tarnished the US’ reputation.
The war began in March of 2003, and Tony Blair was the UK Prime Minister, with George W. Bush on the other side of the Earth as America’s 43rd president.
Many criticisms have been pushed towards the War in Iraq, including the summaries that have detailed that approximately $612 billion was used to purchase,replace and maintain Military Equipment and the total cost to the U.S. economy estimated at $3 trillion as of November 2011.
The aspect that many will remember by this war is the well-known disruption of Iraqi oil production, with the worldwide cost of Gasoline accelerating 14% yearly since 2002.
Then you have the gross incompetence and uncommanded responsibility for the Iraqi civilians, such as the Mukaradeeb wedding party massacre – in which 42 civilians were killed including 13 children – after the US military bombed the location where a wedding party was taking place in a small village. —- General Mark Kimmitt responded to the controversial story with “There may have been some kind of celebration. Bad people have celebrations, too.” and later stood with his view that “There was no evidence of a wedding: no decorations, no musical instruments found, no large quantities of food or leftover servings one would expect from a wedding celebration. There may have been some kind of celebration.” even though Video footage obtained by the Associated Press shows a series of scenes of a wedding celebration, and footage from the following day showing fragments of musical instruments, pots and pans and brightly colored beddings used for celebrations, scattered around a destroyed tent.
Contrary to what most would think, Al-Qaeda’s loss was not actually of benefit to America as it will take years to repair US standing in the Middle East and the miscalculations that had occurred later found that there was no plausible alliance between Saddam Hussein and Bin Laden.
So today, another event in history is in the making as Barack Obama marks the end of the Iraq war, and the organisation that is required to solve things like what to do with the US embassy (it is said to become a diplomatic embassy for American contractors working in Iraq by 2012) and the obvious question I shall ask again, WAS IT WORTH IT?