The Afghanistan Conflict, Were The Lives Lost Worth It

The War in Afghanistan, which began when the United States military invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, has now claimed at least 2203 U.S. military lives. As appalling as it is, the debate has shifted much further away from casualties. More than a decade later, the most pressing question is: Was it worth it?

Read U.S. military deaths in Afganistan since 2001 here

Millions of dollars were spent on the battle for peace and Osama Bin Laden, the terrorist whose actions prompted the war is now long gone. But Laden’s allies, Taliban still lead the unrest in the form of a growing insurgent that has descended the country into chaos.

According to a poll conducted by Pew Research Centre, many US War veterans believe that less than half of the soldiers who fought in Afghanistan feel the war was worth it. Although more than US$10 Million has been spent in reconstructing the war-ravaged country, many Afghans still live under the line of poverty. Allegations about all the money falling in the hands of corrupt politicians and anti-Taliban warlords are mostly truly.

However, there are some items in the positive column of the Afghanistan War as well, the most important achievement being the ousting of the Taliban regime. Also, there is now a presence of formidable Afghan security force, and schools have been built with children regularly attending classes. Most remarkably, two-third of Afghans now have access to basic health services. More than 1,000 judges have been trained, and 200 of them are women.

The increasing representation of women in Afghan senate is undoubtedly an encouraging sign. More important than statistics, Bin Laden is gone, and Afghanistan is no longer a major site of training to terrorists, but the question remains, all the American lives that have been lost, was it worth it?