Mark Twain once said, “There are lies, damn lies, and statistics.” But there are also some statistics that are pretty darn telling.
Here are some interesting statistics about the war as of mid-April 2021.
The American war in Afghanistan cost a lot of treasure. At least a trillion and maybe more, but when it gets to figures like that my eyes glaze over anyway. Whether it was one trillion or two or three who really cares. But importantly, lives. The war lasted 20 years. The longest war in US history. And we must remember the US has been in a lot of wars.
2,442 US troops died in the war. 3,800 American private security forces died. I found it interesting that more private American soldiers died than regular military. It “paid off” for Americans to outsource the war as much as possible. After all who feels sorry for private security forces?
20,666 Americans were injured in the war. Much of the suffering of war is caused by injury. People came back from the war with all kinds of injuries including, of course, post-traumatic stress disorder.
Even though no one in the west really pays attention to this, but 47,245 Afghans died in the war. This is really the most important number though people in the west pay so little attention to it. This of course followed the 10-year war with Russia. The people have Afghanistan have suffered enormously. That much is clear from the numbers.
That is a lot of suffering.
Now for the question: What was worth so much suffering?