Comparing Coalitions of the Willing

Comparing CoalitionsIraq is more multilateral than, say, Korea.

So, the U.S. coalition in Iraq is insignificant?

Well, let’s compare it to the U.S.-led U.N. coalition during the peak of the Korean War.

Korean War (peak troop numbers, by country, excluding Republic of Korea forces):

United States: 348,000

Great Britain: 14,198

Canada: 6,146

Turkey: 5,455

Australia: 2,282

Philippines: 1,496

New Zealand: 1,389

Thailand: 1,294

Ethiopia: 1,271

Greece: 1,263

France: 1,119

Colombia: 1,068

Belgium/Luxembourg: 944

South Africa: 826

Netherlands: 819

Total: 16 nations; 387,570 combat troops

Iraq War (troop numbers, by country, as of July 2004, excluding Iraqi forces):

United States: 126,500

Great Britain: 8,300

Italy: 3,120

Poland: 2,400

Ukraine: 1,650

Netherlands: 1,400

Australia: 850

Romania: 800

Japan: 600

South Korea: 600

Denmark: 520

Bulgaria: 485

Thailand: 450

El Salvador: 380

Hungary: 300

Singapore: 200

Norway: 155

Azerbaijan: 150

Georgia: 150

Mongolia: 140

Latvia: 120

Portugal: 110

Czech Republic: 110

Lithuania: 105

Slovakia: 105

Albania: 70

New Zealand: 60

Tonga: 45

Estonia: 40

Kazakhstan: 30

Macedonia: 30

Moldova: 10

Total: 32 nations; 149,985 combat troops

In terms of overall troop level, the Iraq war is a much smaller war than the Korean War. Yet the number of nations in the Iraq war coalition currently doubles the Korean War coalition. Moreover, the United States was by far the largest contributor of military personnel in the Korean War, even though that was a U.N.-led coalition. And Poland, the Ukraine, and the Netherlands each contribute more military personnel to the Iraq War coalition than France contributed to the Korean War. The Korean War was fought with minimal support from France, no support from the then-Federal Republic of Germany, and against the Russian-backed Communist regime in North Korea.The fact is that President Bush has built a real and impressive coalition in Iraq.

— Mark R. Levin is president of Landmark Legal Foundation and talk-radio host on WABC 770 AM in New York.

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