Over 1,000,000,000 Children are at Risk

Written by Gary R. Hess

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However, even though wars are a great cause it is notrepparttar only one. Over 30,000 children died last year which would have been prevented if they had adequate healthcare. Another half a million children underrepparttar 125914 age of 15 died last year and some 2.1 million children acrossrepparttar 125915 world are living with HIV. Fifteen million children have lost a parent to Aids, while 80 percent of who live in sub-Saharan Africa.

Carol Bellamy andrepparttar 125916 Unicef agree thatrepparttar 125917 answer is simple. Overrepparttar 125918 last yearrepparttar 125919 world’s nations have spent 712,000,000eu on weapons, whereas only 52 billion eu is needed to reach status quo.

Currentlyrepparttar 125920 United States spends over $400 billion a year on military equipment and $200 billion is currently going towardsrepparttar 125921 war in Iraq.

Gary is a political writer for Political News and Comments

The Ugly American Returns

Written by Virginia Bola, PsyD

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In 2003,repparttar decision was made to openly attack a sovereign nation state which, although famous for verbal saber rattling, posed no direct threat to us nor had it committed an illegal invasion or recent attack on anyone else sincerepparttar 125913 last Gulf War.

With guns blazing, we marched intorepparttar 125914 OK Corral. Despiterepparttar 125915 absolute predictability of enemy combatants fading intorepparttar 125916 general population rather than standing their ground and being annihilated, we were "surprised" asrepparttar 125917 ease of entering Baghdad. We had forgottenrepparttar 125918 lessons of our own Revolutionary War when it became clear that standing face-to-face with well-supplied redcoat squares was a recipe for total destruction.

"Mission Accomplished" trumpetedrepparttar 125919 President,repparttar 125920 Administration,repparttar 125921 temporarily impotent and sleeping media. The worst was over. There was now simply "mopping up" operations left in a country which should be overwhelmingly grateful for what we had achieved. Instead, of course, more U.S. troops would die after our mission was "accomplished" than inrepparttar 125922 hot war itself.

Whyrepparttar 125923 surprise? Once again, as inrepparttar 125924 days of Vietnam,repparttar 125925 Tet Offensive,repparttar 125926 bombing of Cambodia, once againrepparttar 125927 face ofrepparttar 125928 Ugly American was exposed torepparttar 125929 world.

Why are we hated? We arerepparttar 125930 superpower,repparttar 125931 bully inrepparttar 125932 school yard. Difficult as it is to forge an uneasy truce with us when we act with restraint and decorum, it becomes impossible when we throw our weight around and beat our collective chest with pride, hubris, andrepparttar 125933 will to move alone without trying to rally allies or international support. The Ugly American is loose inrepparttar 125934 streets ofrepparttar 125935 Middle East, a target for all, a friend of none: arrogant, defiant, outcast, and alone.

Never again, we said. Oops -repparttar 125936 isolation andrepparttar 125937 hate is back. We can now haverepparttar 125938 satisfaction of knowing we generated it all by ourselves. Who needs an enemy when we have us?

Virginia Bola is a licensed clinical psychologist with deep interests in Social Psychology and politics. She has performed therapeutic services for more than 20 years and has studied the results of cultural forces and employment on the individual.She is the author of an interactive workbook, The Wolf at the Door: An Unemployment Survival Manual, and a monthly ezine, The worker's Edge. She can be reached at http://drvirginiabola.blogspot.com

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