War is Hell and Costs like Hell

War is hell -- deadly, dangerous, and expensive. But just how expensive is it? How much, for instance, does one week of George Bush's wars cost?

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan together in a conservative single-week estimate comes to $3.5 billion. Remember, that's PER WEEK!

By contrast, per YEAR:

The whole international community spends less than $400 million per year on the International Atomic Energy Agency, the primary institution for monitoring and preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.

The U.S. government spends just $1 billion per year securing and destroying loose nuclear weapons and bomb-making materials. (Or less than two days' worth of war costs)

Washington spends a total of just $7 billion per year on combating global warming. (Or a whopping two weeks' worth of war costs.)

[Excerpt of an article by William D. Hartun, director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation]

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