Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Soaring Costs for Afghanistan

On March 25 the Canadian Press reported that the Canadian military has been cleared to fire GPS-guided Excalibur artillery shells in Afghanistan.

These shells cost $150,000 each!

Each time the military fires one of these shells, they spend more than I paid altogether for my house and two slightly-used cars.

With a mounting death toll on all sides, decreased security, and insufficient and inefficient development aid, I think it is high time we stop and completely rethink how we approach this mission.

For more information:

This OXFAM article from Nov. 2007 is quite revealing as is their more recent (Jan. 2008) update.

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