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AFGHANISTAN BY THE NUMBERS

Posted by strattof on November 18, 2009

AFGHANISTAN BY THE NUMBERS

Begun in 2001, the US-led NATO war in Afghanistan has already lasted longer than the Second World War. The Canadian government says Canada’s combat mission in Afghanistan will continue until at least 2011–ten years after its beginning. An Angus Reid poll taken earlier this month shows that 56% of Canadians are opposed to Canada’s military engagement in Afghanistan, while only 37% support it.

AFGHANISTAN: MORE KEY FIGURES

Number of Canadians soldiers killed in Afghanistan from 2001to the present: 131

Many more have been wounded. Of those who return physically whole, a significant

number will face mental health and addiction problems.

Number of Afghan civilians killed in August 2009:  169

The figure rose to 202 in September.

Number of Afghan civilians killed in the first half of 2009: 1,013

This represents an increase of 24% over the same January to June period in 2008.

According to the UN, 310 (30.5%) of these deaths were caused by NATO forces.

Number of “angry young men” created for every Afghan killed by NATO forces: 15

Percentage increase in Taliban attacks in the first five months of 2009:  59

(compared to the same period in 2008)                      

Amount Canada has  spent on the war in Afghanistan: $8-14 billion

This is money that could have been spent on health care, education, and affordable housing.

Amount the war will cost Canadians between 2009 and 2011: $3 billion

This $3 billion could used to fund arts and culture organizations.  

Estimated total cost of the  war: $18 billion

That’s $1,500 for every household in Canada.

Percentage of Canadian funding for Afghanistan that has gone for military purposes: 90       

Only 10% has been assigned to development aid.

WHAT WE CAN DO: We can let our MPs know that the costs of the war are already too high and that the troops should be brought home now: Ralph Goodale (goodale@sasktel.net); Andrew Scheer (scheea@parl.gc.ca); Tom Lukiwski (lukiwt@parl.gc.ca); Ray Boughen (bougen.r@parl.gc.ca).

                                                                     

YOU CAN BOMB THE WORLD TO PIECES

BUT YOU CAN’T BOMB THE WORLD TO PEACE

                                                                                                Michael Franti

 MAKING PEACE VIGIL October 29 2009

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