The real cost of the Iraq war

Robert W. Merry does the math on the price of ousting Saddam Hussein:

Consider that documented civilian deaths in Iraq since Bushs 2003 invasionnoncombatants killed by military or paramilitary acts or because of the breakdown in civil societyhave numbered nearly 120,000. According to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, some 4.7 million Iraqis have been displaced by the chaos unleashed by Bushs war. This number includes 2.4 million internal refugees, some half a million of them living as squatters in slums. Another 2.3 million have fled the country altogether and have not returned.This is a civic catastrophe that gets little attention in America. By way of illustration, a proportional civilian death toll in the United States would be nearly 1.2 million. The proportional refugee total would be 45 million.

He doesn't even break out the devastation of the Christian community there.Via The Dish.

David Gibson is a national reporter for Religion News Service and author of The Coming Catholic Church (HarperOne) and The Rule of Benedict (HarperOne). He blogs at dotCommonweal.

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