Accounting for 26,000 Bombs in 2016🇺🇸🚫💣

by Amber Seree Allen

Where were these bombs dropped?

The seven countries the United States bombed in 2016 are Syria (12.19k US bombed dropped), Iraq (12.1k US bombs dropped), Afghanistan (1.34k US bombs dropped), Libya (496 US bombs dropped), Yemen (34 US bombs dropped), Somalia (14 US bombs dropped), and Pakistan (3 US bombs dropped). (Figures from InsideGov via CFR)

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‘Unlawful’ US Airstrikes kill 300 Civilians in Syria, FreeThoughtProject, Oct 27 2016

According to CFR: “Most (24,287) were dropped in Iraq and Syria. … Using this data, we found that in 2016, the United States conducted about 79 percent (5,904) of the coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, which together total 7,473. Of the total 30,743 bombs that the coalition dropped, then, the United States dropped 24,287 (79 percent of 30,743).”

I just want to take a second to let this sink in. In one year the U.S. dropped 24,287 bombs on Syria and Iraq.

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Handy graphic from InsideGov.com {Data Sets: U.S. Bombs Dropped in 2016 (blogs.cfr.org). As of January 4, 2017. }

The Cost of 26,000 Bombs

Is it ever possible to calculate the True Cost of War?
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Yemen, Capital of Sanaa, December 13, 2013; Photo: Muhammed Huwais, Getty Images
How many families destroyed, how many lives lost? How many people starve or die from disease, lack of water, or toxins from war? How many Children will be exploited? How much infrastructure damaged, irreplaceable history lost? How much money spent, how many resources wasted, how much environmental impact?
The truth is, the True Cost of 26,000 bombs in one year may never truly be understood.
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‘Intl Community Still Financing, Protecting Terrorists’ – Mother Agnes, Vanessa Beeley on Syria
 …and the loss of life can never be calculated, because human lives are priceless.

How Many People Died from 26,000 Bombs?

Unfortunately, true body count numbers are hard to come by. For one there are many Undocumented Civilian Casualties of war. For two there is Biased reporting, even from Humanitarian Organizations. For three, because of the veil of secrecy placed around War, we often do not know who is really being killed and by what. For four, we are being lied to, constantly by media and government in order to bolster illegal, unconstitutional wars.
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Documented Civilian Deaths in Iraq War since 2003 via IraqBodyCount

Wikileaks War Logs on Iraq and Afghanistan revealed much including “thousands of unreported civilian casualties in Iraq”, poison weapons, and torture.

Project Censored shows a cover up of civilian casualties in Afghanistan as well.

 Environmental Impact of War

Humans are not the only thing to suffer from war, the Earth suffers as well.
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Agent Orange, Vietnam

 

 

While “scorched earth” tactic is very old indeed, as far back as Ancient Scythia and possibly further, as warfare “advanced”, so it seems, did the level of destruction.
There is a long history of environmental degradation because of US wars, from the Civil War, to Vietnam, but recent US wars in the Mid East have created devastating effects, not only on the civilians and soldiers who suffer from war, but also on the environment.
According to a study by Brown University, says that not only have military operations in in the Middle East have produced “many hundreds of thousands of tons of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, and sulfur dioxide in addition to CO2.” But also exposure to toxic chemicals from warfare, contaminated water supplies from oil have greatly impacted the Middle East. The report also finds that military base operations, including garbage burn pits have exposed soldiers and civilians to ‘dangerous levels of pollutants’; that deforestation in Afghanistan from illegal logging  has destroyed wildlife habitat; among other things.
The deployment of Depleted Uranium as a weapon in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen have contributed to the increases in cancer, birth defects, and other conditions throughout the middle east.

“Iraqi medical doctors and health researchers have called for more research on war-related environmental pollution as a potential contributor to the country’s poor health conditions and high rates of infections and diseases.” (Watson Institute, Brown University)

According to Veterans for Peace,  the U.S. military used an estimated 1.2 million barrels of oil in Iraq in one month in 2008. “After a war, the host country is left in disarray. While infrastructure isn’t part of the natural environment, its destruction has lasting impacts. Water systems and land are contaminated, villages are destroyed, people and animals are displaced or killed, and ecosystems are permanently damaged.

Economic Cost of War

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From World Military Spending, via GlobalIssues.org
How much did 26,000 bombs cost?
Well, to put it into perspective, probably a lot! According to NationalPriorities.org, “Every hour, taxpayers in the United States are paying $8.36 million for Total Cost of Wars Since 2001.”
According to the Watson Institute at Brown University, as of September 2016 the US federal government has spent or obligated 4.8 trillion dollars on the wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq. Not only that, but the their study points out that most of these wars have been funded through borrowing, and they estimate that “interest payments could total over $7.9 trillion by 2053“.
According to CNBC Financial, as of 2014, the Afghanistan war had already cost $1 Trillion US dollars, and the Iraq war $1.7 Trillion US Dollars.
US Airstrikes in Syria could cost the US $10 million US dollars a year, according to IBN in 2014: “If anything underlines how high that cost will be, it’s the combat debut of the F-22 Raptor, which costs $68,000 per hour to operate. That does not include the price of its vast array of weapons, such as Sidewinder missiles and small-diameter bombs, coming in at $600,000 and $250,000 each, respectively.”
Also in 2014, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters for TheHill that operations in Iraq cost approximately $7.5 million per day.
War carries a heavy toll. A report from WorldBank states that in 2016 “about 13.5 million people need humanitarian aid in Syria; in Yemen, 21.1 million; in Libya, 2.4 million; and in Iraq, 8.2 million”
And it isn’t just the US taxpayers who suffer economically from war, shows the WorldBank:
“In Syria and Iraq, per capita income is 23% and 28% less respectively, or roughly a quarter, of what it might have been had conflict not broken out, with the direct effects of war accounting for 14% and 16% drops in per capita GDP respectively”

The Continuous War

The world is full enough of hurts and mischances without wars to multiply them.
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

U.S. Drone Strikes Have Increased {more than} 432% Since Trump Took Office

According to Carey Wedler via The AntiMedia, U.S. Drone strikes have taken a dramatic uptick as of March 9, 2017, increasing {more than} 432% since Trump took office.

“During President Obama’s two terms in office, he approved 542 such targeted strikes in 2,920 days—one every 5.4 days. From his inauguration through today, President Trump had approved at least 75 drone strikes or raids in 74 days—about one every day.” ( Micah Zenko, CFR, March 2, 2017, updated April 3)
April 3, 2017, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters that since Feb. 28, the US has carried out more than 70 strikes against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
The warmongers have turned their eyes on Syria now…
Will it ever end?
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Yemen, in the capital of Sanaa, Feb. 6 2017; Photo Credit: Khaled Abdulla, REUTERS
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