To me this is a good indication of how militaristic the nation of Iran truly is. According to this article, Iran spends 110$ per person in Iran on defense. That amounts to (70 million X 110$) 7.7 billion dollars a year. The article also states that Israel spends 1,737$ per person in Israel. That amounts to (7.241 million X 1,737$) 12.6 billion dollars. Of course, they are both far behind the USA which spends 1796$ per USA person, amounting to (301 million X 1796$) 540 billion dollars.
The area of Israel is 20,770 square kilometers. That means that it is spending (12.6 billion dollars/20,770) 607,000$ to defend a square kilometer of its land.
The area of Iran is 1.648 million square kilometers. That means Iran is spending (7.7 billion dollars/1.648 million) 4,672 dollars to defend a square kilometer of its land.
The area of the USA is 9.826 million square kilometers. That means the USA is spending (540 billion dollars/9.826 million) 55,000 dollars to defend a square kilometer of its land.
So, let me get this straight. The USA is spending about 70 times more money on defense than Iran, and about 45 times more money on defense than Israel. Israel is spending about 1.64 times more money on defense than Iran.
Per capita, the USA is spending 16 times more than Iran and Israel is spending 15.8 times more than Iran on defense.
Per square kilometer of land, the USA spends 11.8 times that which Iran spends, while Israel spends 130 times the amount Iran spends of defense.
Hmmm. What is the explanation for this huge difference in spending between these three nations where Israel and the USA spend so much more than Iran does on defense? Wait, I’ve got it. The USA and Israel have to spend a lot more money because they also have to budget for offensive operations and empire building while Iran (which has not attacked another nation since the current nation of Iran has existed) needs only to spend money on defending its borders since it is not involved in empire building!
The article from IRNA:
Iran’s defense expenditure per capita remains among the lowest in the Middle East region despite having the second highest population behind Egypt, according to the new publication of Military Balance.The 2008 edition said that Iran’s total defense spending for 2006, the latest available, was nearly 55 percent less that Israel’s, despite having ten times the population of the Zionist entity.
Per capita, Israeli regime’s expenditure was calculated to be nearly 17 times higher at an average of $1,737 per person compared with only $110 for each Iranian.
Israel’s military spending was shown to be the second highest in the world and only $59 per capita behind the U.S., excluding Qatar, which only has a population of less than one million.
Even as a proportion of GDP, Iran’s defense expenditure of 3.3 percent was found to be well less than half of Israel’s 7.9 percent, which is among the highest in the world and even more than the U.S.
Publishers of Military Balance, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), reported that Tel Aviv had increased its proposed defense budget for 2007 following its invasion of Lebanon in the previous summer.
Under a new agreement with the U.S., it also said Washington was providing Israeli regime with a $30 billion package of Foreign Military Financing between 2009 and 2018, an increase amounting to around 25 percent more than in the previous ten-year period.