Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The numbers game...

What Osama bin Laden cost us...

I don't usually run such large chunks from other sources, but this piece (below) deserves to be republished as completely as possible.

It was created by Dave Gilson for Mother Jones.

And while it's a pretty comprehensive set of statistics, it fails to measure the most important things -- those things than can only be measured by those who experience them (grief, sorrow, anger, loss, worry, etc.).


Most Wanted List: FBI

Reward: State Department

Cost of 9/11 attacks: 9/11 Commission (PDF)

9/11 death toll: The New York Times. Does not include hijackers.

Economic impact of 9/11: New York City Comptroller (PDF)

Costs of military operations: Congressional Research Service (PDF)

US casualties: Department of Defense

Civilian casualties: United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (PDF)

Drone attacks: "The Year of the Drone," by Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedemann, New America Foundation

Al Qaeda members: "The Almanac of Al Qaeda," by Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedemann, New America Foundation

Aid to Pakistan: Congressional Research Service (PDF)

Bin Laden compound: Christian Science Monitor, Google Maps

Helicopter cost: Department of Defense

Commandos and dogs: New York Times

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