The Whole World Loves Their Children
by James Glaser
Right now the Arms Inspectors are in Iraq. Saddam has said that he will cooperate. George Bush is trying to get NATO to attack Iraq with us. We have troops playing "war games" right on Iraq's border and we are bombing radar sites in the no fly zone. George is pushing and grunting like a buck in heat just waiting for any excuse to start killing somebody, anybody.
Meanwhile back in the sane world, people are just trying to get by and someday get to heaven, but there are hundreds of thousands of children dying each year because the countries they live in don't have the money for Vaccines.
It is not even a debatable subject anymore that billions of people on earth hate America. Some of them are willing to give up their lives just to take some of us with them. Well we have to change that hate and you can't do that with bombs and guns, but you can with love and kindness.
There is one thing in this world that every one loves and that is their children. People that do things to make your child's life better get your respect and appreciation. America has the chance right now, at a very small cost when compared to any war, to have every parent on this globe be grateful for our help.
According to a report by the World Health Organization and the U.N. Children's Fund a quarter of the world's children lack protection from common preventable diseases and 2 million children die from them each year. In some countries only one in twenty children get their vaccines.
Just 50 percent of children in sub-Saharan Africa are immunized during the first year of life against common diseases like tuberculosis, measles, tetanus, and whooping cough.
According to the report, rich nations annually provide $1.56 billion in aid to immunization programs, but an extra $250 million a year would cover the cost of basic vaccines for at least 10 million children. A further $100 million would cover the costs of newer vaccines for these children, including those protecting against hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib).
Hepatitis B now causes 520,000 deaths a year worldwide while Hib kills 450,000 children in developing countries the report said. Developing countries spend as little a $6 a year per person and this includes immunizations. Yes, America is a very rich nation when you see numbers like that.
The amount of money needed to help all of these millions of children is cheap when we compare this cost to a new bomber or just a few missiles. America can turn this hate around and gain the worlds respect with acts that help people, especially children. Guns, bombs, and threats by our President feeds that hate and breeds contempt.
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