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PostYugoslavia and Vietnam Wars Compared (Cameron Sawyer, Russia, 03/07/13 6:16 am)
Nigel Jones wrote on 5 March:
"Yugoslavia was a horrendous tragedy resulting in the deaths of 140,000 people--about twice the number of Americans killed in Vietnam, which rightly is regarded as a national trauma."
It is a little misleading to compare the total dead of one war to the military deaths of just one side in another war.
The Vietnam War actually killed several million people, including at least a million (and possible several million) civilians, and around a million and a half soldiers. I'm sure that any implication that the civil war in Yugoslavia was similar in scale to the Vietnam War was unintentional on Nigel's part, but I think it's worth setting the record straight anyway. Yugoslavia was horrifying (like all wars), but it was very tiny conflict compared to the major wars of the 20th century, of which the Vietnam War was probably the fifth most murderous.