The costs of war

After reading extensively about the fall of Kabul to the Taliban (students…), I have little to add to the many fascinating and articulate analyses of failed state building dreams and 20 years of NATO delusions that have been published in the last week. Once again the people of a far away country suffer from the barbarity of the military industrial complex. Perversely, the defeat in Afghanistan will probably provide the basis for even more profitable gains for military investments as the arms race shows no signs of slowing down, anywhere… 

As in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam in the 1960s and 1970s, Central America in the 1980s, Iraq, Libya and a host of other countries in the Middle East since the 1990s, the Afghan-American conflict (a centrepiece in the global war of terror) has inflicted massive destruction and misery. What greater purpose has been served through these imperial adventures? Words fail me, but the data says all we need to know, thanks to Brown University’s ”costs of war” project:

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