JUST FAITH AND ACTION: A BI-MONTHLY THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION FROM THE WASHINGTON OFFICE ON AFRICA
Doing Justice in the face of evil: Reflections after the World Trade Center
by Leon Spencer, Washington Office on Africa
Washington, DC, United States
September 18, 2001
Washington Office on Africa
The newsletter says evil was done last week. The death and massive destruction mark a tragedy that has caused suffering and pain far beyond the confines of New York and Washington. The newsletter says that the United States, in the name of national self-interest, undermined legitimate governments and bolstered up corrupt dictators. The United States looks the other way when our allies oppress people, pour billions into their government coffers without hesitation, dismiss the cries oppression, then lash out at the oppressed when they react in anger. The United States undermines international efforts to confront environmental disaster, racism and intolerance, small arms that sustain so many regional conflicts, and nuclear holocaust. In the name “free” trade the United States seeks to impose economic policies upon the Global South, then restrict access oft heir most competitive products into our markets. Even this week, almost alone, the United States is fighting in Geneva to protect the interests of pharmaceutical companies against the
Cry for affordable AlDS medicines for Africa, where some 6,000 African men, women and children die every day from AlDS related causes - a number likely to reach 13,000 deaths per day by 2010. As for development aid - funds that help to address the struggles of a world where nearly a fourth of the world's population live on less than a dollar a day, and another one billion people on less than two dollars per day - the United States has become the least generous donor nation in the world.
Used by permission of the Washington Office on Africa.