9/11: Fifty Four Million Dead Poor Children … And A Few Thousand Rich Westerners
It is the fifth anniversary of September the eleventh and everyone is making lots of noise about it. It was indeed a horrific and unwarranted act, debased and obscene in every way. I do not wish to pretend that it was not that.
However since September the eleventh, 2001 a total of approximately fifty four million, seven hundred and fifty thousand children have died needlessly in the third world because of the economics of market forces that the terrorists so hated.
Hatred does not help. The acts of the terrorists were without doubt misdirected. But so have the efforts of leading western governments since that day. If you want to stop terrorism stop children starving and dying needless deaths from curable illnesses. Stop war in all forms, including the “war” om terrorism. Solve those problems, reduce the anger and start building a world where we care for each other.
This is the political and personal project of freedom that will pay the dividend of lasting peace. Any attempt to control and cajole will only impose economic burdens that create more division, more hatred, more anger and more terror.
It really is that simple.