The US National Archives contains the records of 58,220 U.S. military fatal casualties of the Vietnam War. These were American casualties, men from families just like yours and mine.
The human costs of the long conflict were harsh for all involved. Not until 1995 did Vietnam release its official estimate of war dead: as many as 2 million civilians on both sides and some 1.1 million North Vietnamese and Viet Cong fighters. The U.S. military has estimated that between 200,000 and 250,000 South Vietnamese soldiers died in the war. In 1982 the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C., inscribed with the names of 57,939 members of U.S. armed forces who had died or were missing as a result of the war. Over the following years, additions to the list have brought the total past 58,200.
As you read this, Donald Trump, his son-in-law and their coterie of advisors are currently planning an attack on Iran, in conjunction with Saudi Arabia and Israel, after first deliberately and openly bankrupting the Iranian oil industry by the imposition of crippling trading sanctions. All this in direct violation of the will of the United Nations Security Council, the European Union, Russia and China etc..
That conflict will require American troops, probably over 100,000, to invade and then install an army of occupation in Tehran. Hundreds of thousands will likely die on either side as the US-Saudi-Israeli armed forces attack an innocent nation of over 80,000 civilians in a likely precursor to WW3.
It won’t be until the funeral caskets start to arrive back at US air bases in Glendale, Tampa, Great Falls and Montgomery that the nation will wake up to the horrendous disaster that the Trump family White House will have initiated at the behest of the odious Saudi-Israel alliance against Iran.
But it will, by then, be far too late for the American and Iranian bereaved and grieving families in Illinois, Teheran, Ohio, Isfahan, Alaska, Mashhad and Arizona.
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Hans Stehling (pen name) is a political analyst from the UK. He is a frequent contributor to Global Research.