Thursday, February 15, 2007

Are You a Numbers Person?

Well here are some (courtesy of Harper's Index) to give some thought to.

11 years is the average duration of the 130 civil wars fought worldwide since 1945
Iraq's current civil war rates #9 in terms of fatalities per year

An average of 300 tons of live WWI ordinance is dug up in Belgium each year [for those who are counting, that war ended 88 years ago - how long will we be digging the war out of Iraq's ground?]

And on the economic home front

A US worker in 1970 had a 1 in 14 chance in seeing his/her income drop that year by 1/2 or more.
A US worker in 2002 had a 1 in 6 chance.


Blogger moville said...

I can testify personally to the "iron harvest" on the ypres salient, tons and tons of war materiel--fragments, unexploded bombs, rusted weaponry, occasionally still human remains, too.

Afghanistan remains a land-mine nightmare, almost twenty years after the Soviet invasion.

I have no doubt that Iraq will be physically, mentally and physically scarred by this war for decades to come. It kills me that we have seen fit to so punish a people who have done absolutely nothing to us.

6:12 PM  

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