Sat, 19 Jul 2003 16:29:19 GMT

We don't care.

War on terror 'hurts poor'. Poor people hit by disasters around the world are paying the cost of the fight against terror, a report says. [BBC News | World | UK Edition]

What stings is when you read:

The report says the US Defense Department raised $1.7bn of relief and reconstruction aid in April 2003 for Iraq.

It contrasts this with the $1bn shortfall in funds faced then by the UN World Food Programme to avert starvation among 40 million Africans in 22 countries.

Conclusion: We don't care about starving Africans.

[Curiouser and curiouser!]

for some odd reason there is a disjunction between money spent for defense and money spent for creating social conditions that limit the need for defense….. isn't that strange.