The causes of wars are complex. But s study revealed that U.S. military forces were directly responsible for about 10 to 15 million deaths during the Korean and Vietnam Wars and the two Iraqi Gulf Wars.
The Korean War also includes Chinese deaths while the Vietnam War also includes fatalities in Cambodia and Laos. The American public probably is not aware of these numbers and knows even less about the proxy wars for which the USA is also responsible.
In the US proxy wars there were between nine and 14 million deaths in Afghanistan, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, East Timor, Guatemala, Indonesia, Pakistan and Sudan.
Virtually all parts of the world have been the target of U.S. intervention.
The overall conclusion reached is that the USA most likely has been responsible since WWII for the deaths of between 20 and 30 million people in wars and conflicts scattered over the world.
To the families and friends of these victims it makes little difference whether the causes were U.S. military action, proxy military forces, the provision of U.S. military supplies or advisors, or other ways, such as economic pressures applied by the USA.
Those victims had to make decisions about other things such as finding lost loved ones, whether to become refugees, and how to survive.
And the pain and anger is spread even further. Some authorities estimate that there are as many as 10 wounded for each person who dies in wars. Their visible, continued suffering is a continuing reminder to their fellow victimized countrymen.
In 1965, in Indonesia, a coup replaced General Sukarno with General Suharto as leader. The USA played a role in that change of government. Estimates of the number of deaths range from 500,000 to 3 million.
Robert Martens, a former officer in the U.S. embassy in Indonesia, described how U.S. diplomats and CIA officers provided up to 5,000 names to Indonesian Army death squads as they were killed or captured.
From 1993 to 1997 the U.S. Green Berets provided training for the Indonesia’s elite force which was responsible for many of atrocities in East Timor.
Effort was needed to arrive at the figures of 6 million Jews killed during WWII, but knowledge of that number now is widespread and it has fueled the determination to prevent future holocausts. That struggle continues.
Global Research California / ABC Flash Point News 2018.