a bird and a bottle

May 13, 2007, 9:03 pm
Filed under: news & views, politics, war

I don’t often post on the Iraq war around these parts. Mostly, that’s because there are many many many other bloggers saying what I would say already. And also because those bloggers, on the whole, know much more than I do.

But I did think this was worth pointing out: via C&L, check out this slide show the Boston Globe put together. The question the show tries to answer is this: What does $456 billion buy? Why that number? Because that’s how much has been spent on the war in Iraq.

Here’s the part I found most moving/shocking/eye-opening:

According to World Bank estimates, $54 billion a year would eliminate starvation and malnutrition globally by 2015, while $30 billion would provide a year of primary education for every child on earth.

At the upper range of those estimates, the $456 billion cost of the war could have fed and educated the world’s poor for five and a half years.

Go see the rest.


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RIVERBEND is leaving Iraq …

Riverbend is the pseudonym of a young Iraqi blogger who has been writing her blog, Baghdad Burning, since 2003. Once a computer programmer who enjoyed considerable personal freedom, Riverbend is now unemployed and largely restricted to the safety of her family’s home. In her post of April 26, 2007, she writes:

“So we’ve been busy. Busy trying to decide what part of our lives to leave behind. Which memories are dispensable? … The problem is that we don’t even know if we’ll ever see this stuff again. We don’t know if whatever we leave, including the house, will be available when and if we come back. There are moments when the injustice of having to leave your country, simply because an imbecile got it into his head to invade it, is overwhelming. It is unfair that in order to survive and live normally, we have to leave our home and what remains of family and friends… And to what? It’s difficult to decide which is more frightening – car bombs and militias, or having to leave everything you know and love, to some unspecified place for a future where nothing is certain.”

Heartbreaking! Here is the link to her blog:

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