9/11 and Darfur

Today is the third anniversary of 9/11. Walking around New York this morning it’s difficult to tell, but this is one of the things about the “War on Terror” — in most places around the US you’d never know the country was “at war”. Nevertheless, it’s an appropriate moment to reflect not just on that tragedy, but also on some of the other terrible things happening around the world today. The best way to honour the victims of 9/11 and other senseless tragedies (like the Bali bombing) is for us to take seriously our duty to prevent the innocent loss of human life, wherever in the world it takes place. Nicholas Kristof has an excellent piece in the Times that helps to focus our attention. Kristof writes:

as we commemorate the anniversary of 9/11, let’s remember that almost as many people are still dying in Darfur every week as died in the World Trade Center attack. (Read the full article here.)

We’ve written before about the genocide in Sudan, as well as what is the most urgent humanitarian crisis today — the global AIDS epidemic.

Terrorism is but one of many serious problems that we must confront today. Even Colin Powell now acknowledges that what is happening in Sudan is genocide. Meanwhile, 3 million people died of AIDS last year and there are now 38 million infected with the disease. None of these problems are however insurmountable. Indeed, all could be addressed through concerted action by the international community — particularly wealthy developed countries. (Click here for Kristof’s ideas on Sudan).

In Chapter 6 of Imagining Australia we write about the challenges facing the world today and present some concrete ideas for ways in which Australia can use its resources and comparative diplomatic advantages to help address some of them. Here’s an overview of our proposals. We hope that which ever party wins on 9 Oct, they’ll be more entrepreneurial and ambitious about helping to tackle some of the challenges of our interdepent world.

In the meantime, here are some ways in which *you* can do something about the genocide in Sudan (also check out The Passion of the Present).

[Posted by David Madden]

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