The population (excluding 3.5 million slaves) of the United States, north and south, in 1861 was about 31 million. Syria's population today is 23 million. Yet, according to recent studies, about 750,000 troops, both Union and Confederate, died in the American Civil War, and an indeterminate number of civilians. So far, in Syria, about 45,000 people, military and civilian, have died, which is roughly 1/17th the numbers of troops who died in this country's Civil War.
It is curious, then, never to have such numbers mentioned, and to read constantly, and hysterically, about the enormous casualties, the fantastic carnage, in the Syrian Civil War. In reporting and commenting on war, as pn everything else, some knowledge of history, which can supply some sense of proportion, is welcome.
Posted on 01/01/2013 10:15 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald