Seven years later the Whitehouse Website reports:
- 50 million people have been liberated, and two totalitarian regimes have been removed;
- The al Qaeda network has been weakened;
- We have not experienced another attack on American soil;
- Our military has been transformed to meet the challenges of the 21st century;
- We have expanded our intelligence capabilities to confront today's enemy; and
- We have created new and essential institutions needed to wage the War on Terror, including the Department of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Casualties in Afghanistan:
|Afghan troops killed:||8,587||Afghan troops seriously injured:||25,761|
|Afghan civilians killed:||3,485||Afghan civilians seriously injured:||6,273|
|U.S. troops killed:||513||U.S. troops seriously injured:||1,539|
|Other coalition troops killed:||433||Other coalition troops seriously injured:||1,299|
|Contractors killed:||75||Contractors seriously injured:||2,428|
|Journalists killed:||6||Journalists seriously injured:||unknown|
|Total killed in Afghanistan:||13,099||Total injured in Afghanistan:||37,300|
Casualties in Iraq:
|Iraqi troops killed:||30,000||Iraqi troops seriously injured:||90,000|
|Iraqi civilians killed:||638,579||Iraqi civilians seriously injured:||1,149,442|
|U.S. troops killed:||4,154||U.S. troops seriously injured:||30,324|
|Other coalition troops killed:||176||Other coalition troops seriously injured:||528|
|Contractors killed:||917||Contractors seriously injured:||10,569|
|Journalists killed:||154||Journalists seriously injured:||unknown|
|Total killed in Iraq:||673,980||Total injured in Iraq:||1,280,863|
Whilst I do not support the invasion of Iraq by the coalition of the willing, I do support the invasion of Afghanistan. Whatever, it's a done deal and there seems to be a modicum of order very slowly returning to Iraq. Today Iraqi president Talibani stated
"Now I can say all parts of Iraq liberated from terrorist control and activities. It's true that some groups remain hiding themselves from here or there, but there's no place, no inch of Iraqi land under the control of terrorist activities. There are some terrorist -- still groups working -- hiding themself, and thanks to you and sacrifice of your brave army and to Iraqi people, now we can live in peace and security."
And I think there is little doubt across the planet that the dispatching of Saddam Hussein was a good thing.
Six years after being driven out of Afghanistan, Brown Heroin is hitting the streets of Australia in cheap and epic proportions (and I suspect many other nations). Afghanistan being the source of the illicit drug. Suicide bombing, not a traditional Taliban method of causing damage, has become more frequent The increasing use of very public attacks has had a striking effect on morale far beyond the immediate victims
The Taliban are demonstrating overt resilience to the allies best attempts to drive them out of Afghanistan and have a steady stream of income from the opium trade.
Osama Bin Laden is no longer the enemy . . .I don't think we really know who is.
Vale to those who died in the tragedy of September 11, remember those currently who have given their lives or are still fighting, or working, in two very difficult warzones, one of which should never happened. We are a small country in terms of population and have been very fortunate in terms of casualties but we are proud of our soldiers. It's a shit job but someone has to do it. Counsel those who come home and give them a proper debriefing (unlike the sad chain of events that followed Vietnam - history is written by the victors).
War is Hell. I have nothing more to say. Except, Aussies do it with humour! Get that up ya Terry Taliban! It's a poor video but he's such an Aussie!