The death toll from wars the United States has carried out since WWll is more than 4,000,000. The importance of this number is to demonstrate on what scale the United States has waged war. This number is a conservative number. To come up with a number of the total dead from U.S. wars since WWll, is a way of grasping the destructive consequences of all this war making. To say Hitler killed 6,000,000 Jews, gives us some idea of the significance of the Holocaust. What good came of all this destruction, not just of soldiers, but of villages, and country side, whole cultures? Its very hard to name any obvious benefit. This number of 4,000,000, while conservative, is a rough number because there are so many ways to measure all these deaths, and to decide which are the consequence of American actions. For example, do you include all the dead, or only those combatants and civilians killed directly by our side? Another example, what about those who die or suffer from exposure to chemical and radioactive pollution left in those countries? It is also highly significant that none of these wars happened in the United States of America.

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Katshores 5 years 28 weeks ago
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As for the "4 million" that were killed I feel those men and woman were heros in my book. I pray for them on Veterans Day; Memorial day and weekly trips to see my, Brother and sister who died on active duty and the others I dont know.

hans nel 5 years 28 weeks ago
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I am not questioning the heroism of American soldiers. Thousands of American men and women have answered the call of duty, and paid the ultimate price. Their heroism is not in question.

However, the history of the wars we have made in the past, and a well researched and well reasoned assessment of the results of those wars is essential in order to learn how to create a more peaceful world.

The destruction that war brings to the countries where these wars occur, is something that every American should know about. It is essential that all Americans know the true scale, and the actual effects of wars we have fought, not only on our soldiers, but on the countries where we fought those many wars.

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