Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Hunan's new Aizhai Bridge

Two years ago, the world's highest and longest tunnel-to-tunnel bridge opened to vehicle traffic in Hunan province, central China.

The Aizhai suspension bridge links two tunnels that are 1,176 meters (3,860 feet) apart, and at its highest point is 355 meters (1,165 feet) above the floor of Dehang Canyon. Construction of the bridge started in October 2007 and its main sections were completed in December 2011.  It was officially opened to traffic in March 2012.

The total construction cost of the Aizhai Bridge was about $610 million. [Source: Roads&Bridges]

The United States of America has paid an average of $10.5 million every single hour since 2001 to maintain a military occupation of Afghanistan.

So the Aizhai Bridge costs approximately what the US spends to occupy Afghanistan for 58 hours.  Less than 2 and a half days!

Two lousy days.

Or, put it another way:  for the $700 billion that has been spent to occupy Afghanistan, the US could have completed 1,150 Aizhai Bridges (100 every year since the war began), or projects on a commensurate scale.  Every US state could have had 23 such projects; and the jobs that go with them

Wars don't inspire young men and women to do and build great things. That's a myth. Wars are not strengthening and enriching Americans today.

Americans have a serious problem with their value system.

End the wars.

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