The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Workers Pay War Cost

Mar 18, 2013

The Iraqi population are not the only ones to pay a price for the U.S. war against it. They are certainly the ones to pay the heaviest price by far; but the working class here has paid a price as well.

Almost 4,600 families have lost loved ones to the war, and over 100,000 more soldiers have returned with physical disabilities. Another 3,200 have brain injuries, and hundreds of thousands more continue to suffer from PTSD and other psychological wounds. These led 8,000 vets to kill themselves in 2012 alone.

And these casualties continue to mount, year after year.

In addition, the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan have cost the U.S. government over 12 trillion dollars over the past 12 years–a debt then used to justify further cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other essential social services.

This is the human cost of a war fought to control Iraq’s oil. Young working class men and women are thrown into this meat grinder to protect those corporate interests.

It’s about damn time to end this slaughter!