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Originally posted by majesticgent
I was browsing around the web and woud up on CNN, and something made me click the coalition casualties map from CNN here: www.cnn.com...
It is an interactive map that shows casualties on two maps, one shows the hometown of the fallen, and the other shows the location on the battlefield where they perished.
Afghanistan Total US and Coalition casualties: 3303
Iraq Total US and Coalition casualties: 4808
And that's just the coalition side! No telling how many Iraqis, and Afghanis were killed.
It's pretty sobering to say the least. I zoomed out as far as it would let me and there were blips over a good chunk of the world that were effected by a war in two medium sized countries.
I posted all of that to say this; on many threads on ATS, comment sections on news articles, YouTube videos, etc people seem, so gun ho and ready to go to war over anything, but don't realize the effect that war has.
If you humanize those numbers and realize that each one of them were someone's son, daughter, brother, sister, father, mother, friend, or loved one it's enough to make someone sick to the stomach.
If after doing this exercise and one still thirsts for war, I wonder how? Why? I just can't wrap my head around it... Can't fathom the appetite for war and destruction; oh wait... Now I get it. Some people stand to gain a substantial profit from war. Disgusting...