Thursday, September 11, 2008

September 11 seven years later — the human perspective

Less than 3.000 people were killed on that day. It was a horrific and an unspeakable tragedy for the victims and their loved ones. Bu - numerically speaking - it's a small event in today's ocean of violence against other people, other cultures and Nature. According to trustworthy statistics, the global injustice system kills about 100.000 people per day; that is thirty 9/11s per day that we could decide to prevent - if we fought a war on injustice and mal-development.

The data for losses of civilian and military lives in both Iraq and Afghanistan are disputed. But estimates of the deaths due to sanctions against Iraq are around 1 million people; some add 600.000 during the war and there are more than 4 mllion out of a population of 25 million who have left their homes.

In the U.S. alone, about 30.000 are killed annually, Americans killing other Americans and roughly 300.000 die of obesity.

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