Durante il weekend (mentre ero in pausa non-esigo-vacanza) ho letto su Newsweek uno splendido articolo di Fareed Zakaria (che fra l’altro gestisce con David Ignatius il forum Postglobal.com, che ti consiglio). L’articolo di Zakaria s’intitola “What Obama Should Say on Iraq” e lo puoi leggere qui.
Te ne stralcio un pezzetto perché, a vedere tutte queste cifre d’un colpo, ci si resta male ma si capiscono le proporzioni relative:
«The war has resulted in over 4,000 U.S. combat deaths, four times as many grievously wounded, and tens of thousands of Iraqi deaths. Over 2 million Iraqis have fled the country and 2 million more have been displaced within the country. The price tag in dollars has also been staggering.
In the last five years, the United States has spent close to $1 trillion [=10¹², cioè 1000 miliardi] on the invasion and occupation of Iraq. That is enough money to rebuild every school, bridge and road in America, create universal health care and fund several Manhattan Projects in alternative energy. Whatever benefits the invasion of Iraq might produce, it cannot justify these expenditures in lives and treasure.»
(Newsweek, June 30, 2008, p. 40)