US Memorial Day – Also Remember Scores Of Millions Of Civilian Deaths In US Wars
By Dr Gideon Polya
26 May, 2015
26 May, 2015
In 2015 US Memorial Day is commemorated on 25 May. People respect those who have died for their country but the greatest respect is shown by telling the truth about the wars in which they died. The
Below is a succinct summary of (1) major US wars (the US has invaded 70 countries since 1776) , (2) the excuses for those wars, (3) US military deaths at home and abroad , (4) US veteran suicides at home, (5) foreign civilian deaths in US foreign wars, (6) foreign civilian deaths associated with US occupation or hegemony, (7) US preventable deaths at home inescapably linked to wars ( the fiscal perversion of the US committing trillions of dollars to killing millions of people overseas instead of keeping Americans alive at home), (8) the US-complicit Global Avoidable Mortality Holocaust, (9) avoidable child deaths in the global American Empire, and (10) a worsening climate genocide that could see 10 billion people dying this century due to climate change inaction.
1. American wars.
2. American excuses for war.
3. American military deaths.
US military deaths/US military deployed in the biggest wars involving the US were as follows: the Revolutionary War (4,435/217,000; 2.0% ), the 1812 War (2,260/286,730; 0.8%), the Mexican War (13, 283/ 78,718; 16.9%), the Civil War (618,000/3,263,363; 18.9%), the Spanish –American War (2,446/ 306,760; 0.8%), WW1 (116,516/ 4,724,991; 2.5%), WW2 (405,399/16,112,566; 2.5%), the Korean War (36,514/ 1,789,000; 2.0%), the Vietnam War (58,220/ 3,403,000; 1.7%), the Gulf War (383/694,550; 0.06%), and the Iraq/Afghanistan War (War on Terror) (6,607/ 2,500,000; 0.3%) . The American military deaths in these 11 major wars alone total 1,263,063 or about 1.3 million.
To get an idea of social impact and the risk to military participants, this data can be expressed as US military deaths per million of population/US military deployed per million of population as follows: the Revolutionary War (1,129/55,230; 2.0% ), the 1812 War (312/39,600; 0.8%), the Mexican War (778/ 4,610; 16.9%), the Civil War (19,655/103,790; 18.9%), the Spanish –American War (39/ 4,870; 0.8%), WW1 (1,263/ 51,340; 2.5%), WW2 (3.067/121,910; 2.5%), the Korean War (242/ 11,820; 2.0%), the Vietnam War (325/ 18,980 1.7%), the Gulf War (1.5/2,790; 0.06%), and the Iraq/Afghanistan War (War on Terror) (23/ 8,880; 0.3%) .
4. American military suicides.
Soldiers are often traumatized by war, shocked by near-death experiences and fear of being killed, shocked by being wounded, and shocked by seeing other human being mangled and killed. While only about 6,600 US soldiers have died in combat in the War on Terror, expert US epidemiological analysis from the US Department of Veterans Affairs reveals that over the last 13.5 years since 9-11 there have been roughly 20 US veteran suicides every day  i.e. 365.25 x 20 = 7,305 per year and about 7,305 per year x 13.5 years = 99,000 or about 100,000 US veteran suicides since the start of the Zionist-promoted US War on Terror in September 2001. If these suicides are added to the American military deaths in the War on Terror then US military deaths/US military deployed = 86,607/2,500,000 = 3.5% (suicides included) as compared to 0.3% (suicides not included).
5. Foreign civilian deaths associated with American wars.
Foreign civilian deaths associated with WW1 totalled up to 7.6 million as compared to military deaths of up to 11 million . However 50-100 million people died in the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic that was spread globally by world trade and soldiers returning home across the world . With saturation bombing, fire bombing and nuclear bombing of cities, horrendous famines, violent persecution and extermination of minorities (notably Jews and Gypsies in Europe and Chinese in Asia) and deadly, inmate-killing concentration camps, civilian deaths escalated in WW2 to about 90 million as compared to military deaths (mostly German, Japanese and Russian) totalling about 20 million .
This shocking collateral mass murder of civilians in wars continued immediately after WW2 (with the deaths of millions of German POWs, German civilians and ethnic Germans from deprivation imposed by the victorious Allies) and in subsequent US wars. Thus African and Asian military plus civilian deaths from violence or from violently-imposed deprivation in post-WW2 US wars total about 47 million, the breakdown including the Korean War (5.2 million), Laos (1.2 million), Cambodia (6.0 million), Vietnam (15.3 million), Iraq (4.6 million), Afghanistan (6.0 million post-2001; 12.0 million since 1978), Somalia (2.5 million), Libya (0.2 million), and Syria (0.2 million) (this catalogue does not include the carnage in US-complicit civil wars, in US-sanctioned Iran in which 40,000 Iranians die avoidably from derivation each year or in US-bombed Pakistan in which 430,000 Pakistanis die avoidably from deprivation each year) .
6. Foreign civilian deaths associated with American occupation and post-occupation
Civilians don't stop dying from deprivation after the shooting war stops – civilians continue to die avoidably from imposed deprivation. Thus 1950-2005 avoidable deaths from deprivation in countries occupied by the US in the post-1945 era total 82 million, as compared to 727 million (in UK-occupied countries), 142 million (in French-occupied countries) and 24 million (in Apartheid Israeli-occupied countries) . 1950-2005 avoidable deaths as a percentage of 2005 population in countries occupied by the US since 1945 are as follows (m = million and * indicates occupation by more than 1 US Alliance country): US [8.455m/300.038m = 2.8%] - Afghanistan* [16.609m/25.971m = 64.0%], Cambodia* [5.852m/14.825m = 39.5%], Dominican Republic [0.806m/8.998m = 9.0%], Federated States of Micronesia [0.016m/0.111m = 14.4%], Greece* [0.027m/10.978m = 0.2%], Grenada* [0.018m/0.121m = 14.9%], Guam [0.005m/0.168m = 3.0%], Haiti* [4.089m/8.549m = 47.9%], Iraq* [5.283m/26.555m = 19.9%], Korea* [7.958m/71.058m = 11.2%], Laos* [2.653m/5.918m = 44.8%], Panama [0.172m/3.235m = 5.3%], Philippines [9.080m/82.809m = 11.0%], Puerto Rico [0.039m/3.915m = 1.0%], Somalia* [5.568m/10.742m = 51.8%], US Virgin Islands [0.003m/0.113m = 2.4%], Vietnam* [24.015m/83.585m = 28.7%], total = 82.193m/357.651m = 23.0% .
7. American preventable deaths linked to the fiscal perversion of war.
WW2 provided an enormous stimulus to the
8. American-complicit Global Avoidable Mortality Holocaust.
Presently about 17 million people (half of them children) die avoidably from deprivation each year on Spaceship Earth with Neocon American and Zionist Imperialist (NAZI) One Percenter-dominated America in charge of the flight deck . About 1.5 billion people have died thus since 1950, including about 1.4 billion in the Third World and 0.6 billion in the Muslim world, a Muslim Holocaust 100 times greater than the WW2 Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million Jews killed by violence or deprivation) or the WW2 Bengal Holocaust (1942-1945 Bengali Holocaust, Indian Holocaust or Bengal Famine in which 6-7 million Indians were deliberately starved to death by the British with Australian complicity for strategic reasons) [4, 6, 14, 15]. Global avoidable deaths from deprivation since 9-11 total 17 million per year x 13.5 years = 230 million.
9. Hey, hey USA, how many kids did you kill today? Answer: 1,000.
Presently about 17 million people (half of them children) die avoidably from deprivation each year (the essential basis for this calculation being that for impoverished countries total annual avoidable deaths are 1.4 times the under-5 infant deaths reported by the UN Population Division) . Accordingly, there are 0.5 x 17 million avoidable child deaths per year x (1 year/365.25 days) = 23, 271 or about 23,000 avoidable child deaths each day on Spaceship Earth with One Percenter-dominated America in charge of the flight deck. However a reasonable person might think it a bit unfair to blame America for all the world's ills and accordingly would conservatively confine the analysis to countries that the US is presently actually bombing or otherwise invading , namely (annual child avoidable deaths in parentheses) Afghanistan (62,000), Iraq (23,000), Libya (1,300), Syria (7,000), Pakistan (217,000), Somalia (42,000), Yemen (40,000) and Iran (subject to deadly US sanctions and a flood of deadly, US-protected opiate drugs from US-occupied Afghanistan; 20,000) for a total of 412,300 avoidable child deaths per year or 412,300.365.25 = 1,127 or about 1,000 avoidable child deaths each day. A famous anti-Vietnam War protest chant asked “Hey, hey
Racist, religious right Republican (R4) Americans and Catholic Democrat Americans endlessly declaim the “right to life” of unborn American infants and are opposed by humane, pro-choice women in particular. But thanks to right-wing ideological fanaticism, Mainstream media censorship  and Mainstream media lying  all sides ignore the circa 1,000 children sacrificed by the Neocon American and Zionist Imperialist (NAZI) One Percenter-dominated American Empire each day. Thou shalt not kill children .
10. Worsening climate genocide in the War on Terra.
racist, religious right Republicans (R4s) are actual or effective climate change denialists , the Democrats admit the problem but are not taking the urgent action needed. Thus the
The US has invaded 70 nations as compared to the British 193, Australians 85, the French 80 and Apartheid Israel [1, 25- 27]. American deaths in 11 major wars total 1.3 million but this is eclipsed by civilian deaths from violence or deprivation totalling 90 million in WW2, 47 million deaths in post-1950 US wars, 10 million Muslim deaths in the post-9-11 War on Terror, and 20 million preventable American deaths since 9-11 that is inescapably linked to the fiscal perversion of successive US Administrations (Republican and Democrat) committing to a long-term accrual cost of $4-6 trillion for killing 10 million Muslims abroad in the Zionist-promoted US War on Terror instead of keeping Americans alive at home. However these and related appalling realities are largely or completely ignored by Mainstream media, politicians and academics as are the circa 100,000
Peace is the only way but silence kills and silence is complicity. People respect those who have died for their country but the greatest respect is shown by telling the truth about war. Decent people must (a) tell everyone they can and (b) urge and apply Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against all people, politicians, parties, collectives, corporations and countries complicit in ongoing non-state terrorism, state terrorism, wars and attendant mass mortality.
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Dr Gideon Polya has been teaching science students at a major Australian university for 4 decades. He published some 130 works in a 5 decade scientific career, most recently a huge pharmacological reference text "Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds" (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis,
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