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COSTS OF WAR!

Since 1945 the United States has regularly, often covertly, involved itself militarily in conflicts around the globe. Often humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, as well as evacuations of non-combatants from areas of unrest, follow covert interference in the political process and/or massive weapon sales in these areas.

Our Weapons of Mass Destruction

Today the United States has 7650 active nuclear warheads. Of these 500 are Minuteman III Missiles, each 10-20 times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. All are on high alert. Our stockpiles of conventional and nuclear weapons are enough to destroy the world several times over. The US has more weapons of mass destruction than the rest of the world combined. The potential for annihilating human life on the planet is real.

The United States is the only country to have ever used nuclear weapons in war.

The explosion at Hiroshima killed 100,000 people and fatally injured 50,000. Thousands of Japanese citizens were exposed to lethal amounts of radiation so that by 2001 the total number of victims was 217,137. The bomb dropped on the city of Nagasaki killed about 70,000 people. Another 70,000 were doomed to die of bomb related causes.

Our Military Budget

The last fiscal year the military budget totaled $355 billion. 49% of all federal discretionary funding goes to the military - or about $3,000 a year, per taxpayer. Over $15 billion was budgeted for "Atomic Defense Activities" last year, again this year and is requested for next year. Taxpayers in Michigan will pay $568.7 million for nuclear weapons in 2004. This same amount of money could otherwise pay for 10,268 elementary school teachers, 2528 new fire trucks or health care for 471,405 children. Our priorities must change if our resources are to be used to bring safety, justice and security to all.

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A partial list* of U.S. military actions since the end     of the Second World War. This list is too long...

U.S. MILITARY ACTIONS - 1950's

1950-1953 KOREAN WAR

(Killed: American troops 54,246 (103,000 wounded); Chinese

troops 1,000,000; North & South Korean troops

800,000; Korean civilians 4,000,000; (Total Lives Lost ~ 6

million)

1953 IRAN

(CIA helps overthrow legally elected government)

1954 TAIWAN STRAITS I

1954 GUATEMALA

(CIA helps overthrow legally elected government

1000 people killed)

1955 TAIWAN STRAITS II

1956 SUEZ CRISIS

1958 - LEBANON (2000 people killed)

1957-1975 VIETNAM WAR

(Killed: American troops 58,210 (150,000 wounded);

S.Vietnamese and other troops 230,000; N.Vietnamese/V.C.

1,100,000 Civilian casualties - over 1,000,000)

U.S. MILITARY ACTIONS - 1960's

1961 BAY OF PIGS

1960-1962 CONGO

1961-1962 LAOS

1962-1963 CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS

1964 CONGO

1965-66 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

(1000 civilians & 2000 military killed including 59 Americans

killed &174 wounded)

1966-1969 SOUTH KOREA

1967 MIDEAST - 6 DAY WAR

1968 KOREA- Operation Red Fox

U.S. MILITARY ACTIONS - 1970's

1972 USA/Domestic - Garden Plot

1973 MIDEAST

1973 CHILE

U.S. helps overthrow legally elected government. 5000 people

killed, followed by 20,000 executions by the new government

in 1974))

1975 VIETNAM - Frequent Wind

1975 CAMBODIA - Mayaguez Operation

1976 KOREA

1979-1980 KOREA

U.S. MILITARY ACTIONS - 1980's

1980 IRAN

1981- 92 NICARAGUA (Contras vs Sandinistas. 15,000

civilians and 15,000 military killed)

1982 - 87 LEBANON

1981 LIBYA

1983 EGYPT / SUDAN /CHAD

1983 GRENADA

(19 Americans killed, over100 wounded)

1984 EL SALVADOR

1984 GULF OF SUEZ

1986 BOLIVIA

1986 LIBYA

1987-1990 PERSIAN GULF

1989-1990 PANAMA

(40 Americans &1000 civilians killed)

U.S. MILITARY ACTIONS - 1990's

1990-1991 DESERT STORM

(~100,000 civilians & over 100,000 military killed including

363 Americans killed and 375 wounded)

1991-1996 COLOMBIA

1991 SAUDI ARABIA

1992 ANGOLA

1992 CALIFORNIA - Garden Plot

1992-1993 ADRIATIC SEA

1992-2003 IRAQ - patrolling no-fly zones

1992-1993 SOMALIA

(380 Somalis & 32 Americans killed )

1993-1994 KOREA

1993-1996 BOSNIA

1993- 2003 SOUTH WEST ASIA

1994-1995 HAITI

1995-1996 TAIWAN STRAITS III

1995-1999 PERU/ECUADOR

1996-200? SAUDI ARABIA

1996 IRAQ - Desert Strike

1998 IRAQ - Desert Thunder

1998 ISRAEL

1998 SUDAN

1998 AFGHANISTAN

1998-1999 YUGOSLAVIA Determined Force

1999 YUGOSLAVIA Operation Allied Force

1999-200? YUGOSLAVIA Joint Guardian

US MILITARY ACTIONS - 2000's

2001-? AFGHANISTAN

(38 Americans killed & 651 wounded (as of 4/03). 3000-4000

Taliban fighters and 600-800 AlQueda killed. Est. 3700 civilians

killed plus 3200 deaths from starvation, exposure and

war related illness and injury)

2002 PHILIPPINES Operation Endure Freedom

2003-? IRAQ Operation Iraqi Freedom

(As of Feb 1, 2004: 532 Americans killed, ~3000 wounded.

99 Coalition troops killed. Unknown Iraqi troops killed &

8000-10,000 civilians killed, at least 17 Journalists killed)