Invasion ripped apart a nation, causing misery. Article by John Cantwell
From: The Daily Telegraph March 18
FEW events have been so surrounded by acrimony as the invasion of Iraq, 10 years ago tomorrow. In the lead-up to hostilities, claim and counter-claim about the justification for the war divided nations. US President George W. Bush led the charge for the pro-war side, supported by British PM Tony Blair and our own John Howard.
…the cost of the war was terrible. Trillions of dollars were spent. With rare exception the coalition troops fought bravely and honourably, but almost 4500 Americans were killed along with more than 300 non-US troops, mostly British. Australia suffered two non-battle fatalities.
Well over 34,000 coalition troops were wounded. At least 100,000 Iraqis died as a result of the war, possibly many more. A quarter of a million Iraqi civilians were injured. Millions were displaced. Ten years on, what are we to make of the invasion and occupation of Iraq?
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The author, John Cantwell is a former Australian Army major-general who served in both Iraq wars and commanded Australian forces in Afghanistan in 2010.