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INSTITUTE INDEX: The continuing toll of 9/11

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afghan_raid_victims.jpgNumber of people killed in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when al-Qaeda operatives hijacked jetliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field: 2,996

Date on which then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld ordered aides to look for evidence of Iraqi involvement in the attacks: 9/11/2001

Of the 19 identified hijackers, number who were Iraqis: 0

Date on which the U.S. and its allies launched strikes in Afghanistan against al-Qaeda and its ally, the Islamist militia Taliban: 10/7/2001

Date on which the U.S. and U.K. launched war against Iraq after claiming it was hiding weapons of mass destruction: 3/20/2003

Number of those alleged Iraqi weapons of mass destruction that were ultimately found: 0

Estimated number of civilian casualties in Iraq since the 2003 invasion: 102,416-111,937

Estimated number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan through 2010: 8,832

Number of coalition forces killed to date in Afghanistan: 2,705

Number of those forces killed that were U.S. troops: 1,760

Number of coalition forces killed to date in Iraq: 4,792

Number of those forces killed that were U.S. troops: 4,474

Of the over 6,200 U.S. troops killed to date in Afghanistan and Iraq, percent that were from the South: 34

Number of U.S. troops still in Afghanistan: about 100,000

Number of U.S. troops still occupying Iraq: almost 50,000

Total number of U.S. veterans who have served in Afghanistan or Iraq over the past decade: 1.6 million

Estimated cost of future disability payments and health care for those veterans: $600 billion to $900 billion

Number of U.S. veterans thought to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression: 300,000

Number of U.S. veterans who commit suicide each year: 6,500

Percent by which the Army suicide rate has increased over the past decade: almost 200

Date on which a federal appeals court ruled that the Department of Veterans Affairs was failing to properly care for vets with combat-related mental illnesses: 5/10/2011

Total direct U.S. government spending on the Afghanistan and Iraq wars so far: $2,000,000,000,000

Amount that represents per U.S. household: $17,000

Percent by which bills yet to be received are expected to increase this amount: more than 50

Amount the U.S. is expected to spend this year on the war in Iraq: $48 billion

On the war in Afghanistan: $122 billion

Number of children who could be provided with health care for two years with the money being spent on those two wars in 2011 alone: 43 million

(Click on figure to go to source. Photo of Afghan civilian victims of a military strike is from the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan via Wikipedia.)

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re: INSTITUTE INDEX: The continuing toll of 9/11

Without any pride I hang my head
By Dwight Baker
Dbaker22@stx.rr.com
September 9, 2011
Hearing and seeing the irreverence of telling lies about 9/11 makes my heart drop down too it knees and cries.
Thus how could most of those who have the eye and ear of the public be so glory bound in some stupefied way to lie and keep on lying? Facts abound that clearly prove to any one that the stories being told are without substance. Yet now we have another ten year remembrance and another supposed sneak attack maybe, but who really knows. The fear factor ten years ago was played to the max and now the old warlocks who made all that come about have raised their putrefied ugly heads and in some way taken a bow.
And even though grins and chuckles have been broadcast as the old warlocks stated their case, the tragedy of it all is that we are a people without the rule of law.
Thus I contend we have lost our sovereignty. Now the question is: how long will it be before we lose our land?