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456 billon

May 7th, 2007 · 3 Comments


I am opposed to the IRAQ war. The Boston globe over the weekend put up a simple comparison of what the current price tag of the war, at 456$ billion once the current US spending bill is passed, could have bought otherwise. It’s simply staggering to think of how insane it all is.

“According to World Bank estimates, $54 billion a year would eliminate starvation and malnutrition globally by 2015, while $30 billion would provide a year of primary education for every child on earth.

At the upper range of those estimates, the $456 billion cost of the war could have fed and educated the world’s poor for five and a half years.”
from Slide 9

See the slideshow here (image above from

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  • 1 Quality Peoples » 456 Billion // May 7, 2007 at 11:48 am

    […] Stevey hipped me to this: What does $456 billion buy?. A reality inducing slideshow, by the Boston Globe, of what US taxpayer money coulda bought, instead of throwin’ it all down the drain in Iraq. […]

  • 2 johan // May 7, 2007 at 1:26 pm

    It’s pretty crazy…. We now have the wealth and power to make planet earth into a nice(er) place for everyone of us. All that is lacking is the will to do it.

    I am hoping that we can come up with it.

  • 3 scott // May 10, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    hey dudes, thought i’d let you know i referenced this in Midnight Poutine today. there was a LOT of money talk around Montreal this week. you can check out the post here:

    keep up the good work!