The amount of money the US has spent on the current war in Iraq will hit $500bn this year. Terry Jones proposes some alternative ways such a sum might have been spent. He closes with an interesting metric - to date each dead Iraqi has cost the US approximately $1 million each.
Hardly value for money it might be said but of course the US is not prosecuting the war as a means to kill loads of Iraqi's. It's a shocking number none the less.
$500billion is a lot of money and to help you get an idea of just how mind numbingly huge a number it is here are some comparisons:
- It's about the same as the combined GDP of Norway and Denmark
- It would pay for a lifetime's supply of the most up to date anti-viral\HIV treatments for the approximately 10 million people globally who need this treatment but can't afford it. In other words that amount of money could effectively eliminate the disease as a killer.
- In 2006 dollars it would have covered NASA's budget for every year since 1978.