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I haven't been mindlessly political recently. So, I give you a quote from someone else's journal and a political cartoon to ruminate on. There will be real posting tomorrow after shul, but I'm too tired to do it all now.

Priorities.

Nearly 3,000 mostly American people died on 9/11.

In the five years since then, more than this many American soldiers have died on the premise of avenging the atrocity of that one day.

Every day, 3,000 people in China die due to smoking-related ailments.

Every. Single. Day. Over 30,000 children under the age of five die world-wide of malnutrition.
4,000 for want of vaccines, 5,000 due to unsafe drinking water, 3,000 from malaria, 1,200 of measles, and from other causes so preventable that they are a non-issue in the Western, industrialized world.

Every. Single. Day. 1,400 children under the age of 15 die of AIDS-related illness.

In America, more than 1,500 Americans die of Cancer. Every. Single. Day.

The war in Iraq is costing about $200 Million, per day.

What could cancer research, AIDS research or the Red Cross do with that amount of funding? Half of it? A tenth of it? And sure, they're bureaucratic and inefficient organizations and I'm sure some of the money would go to waste. But would it be going more to waste than it is now?

Priorities. Just saying, you know?


(entire text of jabber's post, here)

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