Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Study: As Many as 59 Million Displaced by America’s War on Terror

When the “War on Terrorism” started in 2001, I said at the time that the terror war was going to be a cover for a war of imperialist aggression against the rest of the world that rivaled the Third Reich’s. Of course, such views were met with much derision at the time. Sometimes it sucks to be right.

By Barbara Boland

The American Conservative

In the nineteen years since 9/11, the U.S. has waged ceaseless wars in dozens of countries around the world. A new study finds that those wars have exacted a heavy human toll on local populations—at least 37 million people in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, the Philippines, Libya and Syria have fled their homes due to wars the U.S. was involved in during the post-9/11 wars.

This exceeds the number of people displaced by every war since 1900, other than World War II. Thirty seven million is a conservative estimate—the number may actually be closer to 48-59 million. From 2010 to 2019, the total number of refugees and displaced persons globally nearly doubled from 41 million to a staggering 79.5 million, surpassing even post-World War II numbers.


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