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Is this war...??
Illness kills more than combat
29/11/2007

Jose Narosky once rightly said, ‘In war, there are no unwounded soldiers’. And maybe that’s exactly the reason why countless US soldiers in Iraq are beleaguering not just from combat death threats but also from various other health problems. Although the toll of military fatalities has been treading a downward sloping line, the same for health deterioration of soldiers is only aggravating. From March 2003 to October 2007, 77% of the more than 36,000 US soldiers flown out of Iraq were emasculated by illness and non-combat injuries. Ironically, in 2007, requisite conveyance vehicles for evacuation were only 6,253 for wounded soldiers whereas the same exacerbated to a staggering 18,492 for soldiers who were ill.

What a biting wit is that the US is losing almost thrice the number of soldiers to health hazards rather than to the other war- like reasons. Some lessons are perhaps never learned. It was perhaps the same mistake which Hitler committed while invading USSR during the winters of Siberia. The Soviet soldiers didn’t have to do much. Weather did everything and Hitler lost his Europe game plan. Sending soldiers to fetch oil, in the name of fighting against tyranny is one thing but to combat the local weather and get immune to local ailments is a different thing altogether. Better luck next time Uncle Sam

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