The following information comes from the American Friends Service Committee:
"Our governments spends $1 million a year per soldier to wage the war in Afghanistan. We have 78,430 soldiers there, and the total war bill is $72,300,000,000!"
The AFSC goes on to note other ways that $1,000,000 / soldier could be spent if available.
Renewable energy for 127,964,602 homes
Healthcare for 588 children
Salaries for 17 school teachers
Head Start for 132 children
School lunch for 1,602
Healthcare for 227 adults
Four-year Pell grants for 48 college students
Affordable homes for 9 families."
As you can easily see, wars come at an extremely high cost and this doesn't include things you can't hang a dollar sign in front of such as deaths, injuries,disabilities, disruption of families and careers and frequent mental and emotional problems that follow military service.
These statistics have nothing to do with patriotism nor the realization that there are terrorists in the world. But, I believe, they do reflect the necessity to find other ways of solving problems and conflict beyond the option of war.
Let the debate begin....