The news that the Group of Eight countries had hardly made a dent in the Millennium Development Goals pledges for assistance to Africa has been buried in financial and interlinked Persian Gulf saber rattling.
Over the very short term, the food, water and medicine crisis in Africa is just as much a national security issue as any nuclear plant in Iran. It has to be baffling that the U.S. government is attempting to encourage India, a non-party to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, to build dozens more atomic plants while threatening to go to war if Iran, a signatory, bulds one.
History will judge this time on how we address hunger and poverty. As Marvin Gaye put it, war is not the answer. Only love will conquer hate.