Friday, November 09, 2007

War Casualties

I know the Iraq War is bad and we've lost something like 4,000 soliders, not to mention many times more Iraqis, but I must admit I am absolutley astounded at the death toll numbers from WWII. I've watched a few episodes of that Ken Burns documentary on PBS, and there are several times we lost thousands of soldiers in a single battle. Overall, it appears that in about the same amount of time we've been in Iraq, the U.S. lost 100 times as many solidies in WWII - something like 400,000. I guess with better medical care we get more wounded survivors now, but sill... and we won WWII. The countries that lost, lost many times more solidiers. I guess the world and warfare has changed a lot in a relatively short period of time.

Any perspectives on this?


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There were over 57,000 British civilians killed by Nazi terror attacks during WWII. They managed to not curl up into the fetal position, suck their thumbs, or trash their legal rights at the point of the Nazi's guns.

Then there's W and his true believers.