Wednesday, January 05, 2005

The Ongoing Disaster

This is something I'm always pointing out to my wife, who is overwhelmed by individual tragedies and big disasters: the daily disaster of disease, oppression, poverty and death throughout the world is also preventable. Every newspaper inch devoted to the kid in a well in Kansas is one not devoted to thousands of kids dying around the world. Not a problem for clear thinking radical cyborgs, who keep in mind the 150,000 who die unnecessarily every day. But I was happy to see this Michael Lerner editorial making the same point. Also Doctors Without Borders yesterday said they had enough money for the tsunami and people should donate to their other relief efforts:

Imagine if every day there were headlines saying: "29,000 children died yesterday from preventable diseases and malnutrition." Would the aid money rush in? Does it?


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