Thursday, June 08, 2006

Perspective on War Casualties

No death of any American soldier is insignificant. At the same time, I believe it is helpful to understand how our current war on terror compares to previous national conflicts.

A recent World Magazine article does exactly that. Unfortunately, the graphic that was included in the print edition was included online. Fortunately, World published a similar article last year, and that online version does include the graphic.

For up-to-date comparison, you'll need to replace the figures for the Iraq war with the following figures from June, 2006:
  • Conflict duration (in days): 1,160
  • Total number of deaths: 2,460
  • Deaths per day: 2.1
  • U.S. population (in millions) 298
  • Rate in comparison to current population: 2.1

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