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10/12/2000

Another thing that bothered me

Filed under:General — eric @ 2:13 am

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Another thing that bothered me in the debate last night. This quote by Bush:

“[Africa’s] an important continent. But there’s got to be priorities. And the Middle East is a priority for a lot of reasons, as is Europe and the Far East and our own hemisphere. And those are my four top priorities should I be the president.”

Let’s see… if you take away the Middle East, the Far East, Europe, and the Western Hemisphere, you’re left with Africa. And Australia. And Antarctica. So he tells Africa that should he be elected, he’s going to put virtually the entire world ahead of them. Sure, terrifying numbers of people are dying from AIDS and other diseases, governments are being forced by Western nations to spend more on loan interest payments than on all social programs combined, the absolute poverty leads to wars over resources with killings and conditions more horrific than you can imagine. But that’s not “in our interests”. No, I don’t have the answers. But I know telling them they are our lowest priority is not right. It offends me.

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