Which Path to a Safer World? Comparing the Cost of Tools of Peace and Tools of War

Courtesy of tonyportell.com.

$100 will buy:

11 blankets for refugees
11 hand grenades

3-day training for 160 youth in peace building
1 rocket launcher

enroll 2 children in Head Start
1 cluster bomb

2 home health aides for disabled elderly
1 Hellfire missile

associate-degree training for 29 RNs
1 Bunker-buster guided bomb

rent subsidies for 1,000 families
1,000 M-16 Rifles

annual salary/benefits for 15 RNs
1 minute war on Iraq

$46 million:
improve, repair, modernize 20 schools
1-hour war on Iraq

$130 million:
WIC program nutrition for 200,000 families
7 unmanned Predator drones

$275 million:
eradicate polio worldwide
3 tests of missile-defense system

$350 million:
best vaccinations for 10 million children worldwide
6 Trident II missiles

$413 million:
childcare for 68,000 needy children
Amphibious Warfare Landing Ship Program

$494 million:
7,000 units of affordable housing
1-year military aid to Colombia

$1.1 billion:
prevent cuts to education programs (FY2003)
1 day of war on Iraq

$1.2 billion:
minimum support to save Amtrak train service
2 months U.S. war force in Afghanistan

$2.1 billion:
annual salary/benefits for 38,000 elementary teachers
1 Stealth bomber

$12 billion:
double federal funding for mass transit
1-year cost of war in Afghanistan (2001/2002)

$16 billion:
healthcare coverage for 7 million children
1-year nuclear weapons program

$38 billion:
save 11 million lives worldwide fighting infectious diseases
1 month of U.S. current military spending

The costs of warmaking are staggering — especially while cities and states face huge budget deficits. The administration has hidden its real priorities by not putting the costs of the war on terrorism or war on Iraq in its budget. Stay informed about the real budget and other means to enhance security by seeking information from the groups below.

Partial source list: Center for Defense Information (www.cdi.org); Federation of American Scientists (www.fas.org); Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (www.cbpp.org); National Priorities Project (www.natprior.org); World Policy Institute (www.worldpolicy.org/projects/arms), Children's Defense Fund (www.childrensdefense.org); UNICEF (www.unicef.org); NEW YORK TIMES (11/12/01; 3/18/02; 10/13/02; 12/05/02); World Health Organization (www.who.int); National Center for Education Statistics (nces.ed.gov); Mennonite Central Committee (www.mcc.org/us/colombia/dollars.html).

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