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Monday, February 19, 2007


Causes of death, again

In the post just below this one, I hearkened back to a 2003 post in which I began the subject of comparing the world's problems, and in which I noted that hunger kills nine million people each year. Yesterday, if you read the paper carefully, and if it was in your paper (it wasn't in the one I read, so hat tip to Lenin's Tomb), you might have seen this short article (not worthy of any serious reporting, and certainly not a subject for the cable news shows):
Hunger and malnutrition kill 18,000 children daily [6.6 million/year, children alone, not including adults] around the world and 850 million people go to bed every night with empty stomachs, according to the leader of the U.N. food agency.
The U.N. person in question added, ""This is a shameful fact -- a terrible indictment of the world in 2007, and it's an issue that needs to be solved." He's certainly right. But unfortunately, Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque had something to say about that back in 2004 when he addressed the U.N.:
"Every year at the United Nations we go through the same ritual. We attend the general debate knowing beforehand that the clamor for justice and peace by our underdeveloped countries will be ignored once again. However, we persist. We know that we are right."
In that speech, Perez Roque reminded the audience of something that Fidel Castro had said from the very same podium in 1979, 25 years earlier:
"The noise of weapons, of the menacing language, of the haughtiness on the international scene must cease. Enough of the illusion that the problems of the world can be solved by nuclear weapons. Bombs may kill the hungry, the sick and the ignorant, but bombs cannot kill hunger, disease and ignorance. Nor can bombs kill the righteous rebellion of the people..."
How true those words were then, and how sadly even more so they ring true today, even if the money that could be used to address hunger and the myriad other problems of the world's people is being spent less on nuclear weapons than on "conventional" ones and on murderous wars of aggression like the ones being conducted in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, and recently in Lebanon as well. Trillions of dollars spent, millions of lives destroyed, and far from solving any of the world's problems, they have only exacerbated them.

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