Thursday, March 31, 2005

Washington Declined to Respond

Children 'starving' in new Iraq
Increasing numbers of children in Iraq do not have enough food to eat and more than a quarter are chronically undernourished, a UN report says.

Malnutrition rates in children under five have almost doubled since the US-led invasion - to nearly 8% by the end of last year, it says.  The report was prepared for the annual meeting of the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva.  It also expressed concern over North Korea and Sudan's Darfur province.  Jean Ziegler, a UN specialist on hunger who prepared the report, blamed the worsening situation in Iraq on the war led by coalition forces.
[...] That point is aimed clearly at the US, but Washington, which has sent a large delegation to the Human Rights Commission, declined to respond to the charges, says the BBC's Imogen Foulkes in Geneva. [...]
While pundits and Bush apologists trumpet the burgeoning democracy in Iraq, and claim credit for pro-democracy rumblings in other countries, kids are starving twice as often now as they did before the liberation. 

This is our responsibility.  It is our fault.  We did that.  Damn, I feel sick.

This is the culture of life?

The essence of civilisation is that the strong have a duty to protect the weak.
--George W. Bush, 3/31/2005