Bosnia: A Final Lesson?
Senad Pecanin, Dani (independent weekly), Sarajevo, Sept.
it is much more likely that the attack on the United States marks
the start of a planetary cataclysm than the beginning of a global
renaissance. Statements of all the worlds relevant leaders
cause one to conclude that they do not understand that, regardless
of the scale of the horror in New York and Washington, such terror
can be repeated in the same places or on an even larger scale. The
worlds leaders say that civilization should be defended
in all ways and at all prices. This underlines a crucial misunderstanding:
which civilization they speak of is not defined. To the perpetrator
of the crime, whoever it may be, such an act of madness would be
impossible in a different, more just world, however pathetic and
naive that sounds.
the world that should be defended at any price, 30,000
children die of hunger every hour, while the most developed countries
experience a period of prosperity unprecedented in the history of
mankind. Three million children in Africa die every year from tropical
diseases such as malaria because a US$1 vaccine is out of their
reach. America and its allies spent thousands of billions of dollars
during the Cold War to stop the spread of communism. The task is
now much more complex, and the main goal of foreign policy must
be the opposite: to ensure aid so all parts of the world, including
the poorest, can be integrated into a global economic and environmental
network. Unfortunately, President Bush has thus far failed to explain
to Americans that such a goal can be reached only by providing more
aid to the poor.