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Cost of Australia’s ‘involvement’ in Iraq

March 29th, 2006 · 2 Comments

iraqwar.jpgIn the past I’ve talked about the cost of the Iraq war to Iraqis and today Crikey‘s daily newsletter today has calculated the financial (not moral or ethical) cost of the Iraq war to Australians:

“By June a Australia’s war in Iraq will have cost taxpayers $1.2 billion, according to defence think tank Australian Strategic Policy Institute. That’s enough to buy:

Depending on your point of view, it’s the price we’re paying for a) securing Iraqi freedom or b) our subscription fee to the Australia-US alliance…”

If you want to see what $1.2 billion helps pay for, check out the photo gallery at Robert Fisk’s website. It’s hard to look at, but I’m sure it’s far more painful for the people in the photos.

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