Yesterday saw 7 US troops killed in Afghanistan which follows 3 British troops killed 5 days ago. Two US soldiers were killed by an Afghan soldier and the rest appear to have been killed by land-mines/roadside bombs.
There seems like no end to the Afghan war despite the casualty list on the ‘allied’ side in 2013 set to be the lowest since 2004. It’s not always easy to to know the impact of such deaths on the general public of the US and UK but their respective electorate must be getting fed up of seeing ‘their boys’ returning in flag-laden coffins.
Spot on casualty figures are hard (impossible) to get especially if you try to take into account the civilian casualties of war.
Costs of War put the current civilian casualty list at somewhere below 20,000 (that’s from start to now, 2001-2013). However the Guardian reckon up to 20,000 could have been killed just in the first 4 months!
According to iCasualties so far there have been 2215 US military fatalities, 444 UK military fatalities and 640 other military fatalities.
“The long-standing situation of the Korean peninsula being neither at peace nor at war is finally over.” – Statement from DPRK
Still analysts are saying that all-out war is very unlikely, which could be true but with daily threats coming from the North and daily antagonisms coming from the South/US it certainly couldn’t be ruled out.
It has been reported that North Korean troops and artillery have moved into combat positions. It seems that both sides are just waiting for the word from their leaders before they start massacring each other.
Leadership and governments as always under Capitalism will sit in their offices with a brandy (or any drink of their choice) and give the order, sending men, women and children to their deaths.
Around 3 million people lost their lives in the last Korean war, Chinese, Koreans, Americans, British and a small assortment of other nationals. The leaders were fine though.
No to war, workers of the world unite and down with leadership!