Page 6 of today’s Sunday Telegraph contains a series of articles on the war in Iraq, both it’s current state and why things did not pan out as planners had initially hoped. The usual suspects are all present: under funding, bad planning, officers not up to scratch etc etc.
However, it is the facts and figures contained in a 6 by 2 inch column which perhaps are more revealing.
171 BRITISH SERVICE MEN KILLED
206 VERY SERIOUSLY INJURED TROOPS
16 SERVICE MEN WHO HAVE LOST LEGS
4 SERVICE MEN WHO HAVE LOST ARMS
2312 ADMISSIONS TO BRITISH FIELD HOSPITALS IN THE COUNTRY
120,000 BRITISH SERVICE MEN WHO HAVE SERVED IN IRAQ
76,000 MINIMUM CIVILIAN DEATH TOLL, ACCORDING TO THE IRAQ BODY COUNT GROUP
£6.6 BILLION COST OF WAR TO TAXPAYER
£744 MILLION PLEDGED BY UK ALONE TO REBUILD IRAQ
26 COUNTRIES INVOLVED IN THE COALITION
Not only can we not get it right, but we are playing a very severe price for our actions!