War vs. Food and Schooling

Since today’s the day of the National Summit on America’s Children, I found it very interesting when Boston.com (the website of the Boston Globe) offered a slide show yesterday of all the things $456 billion–the estimated cost of the current war until September–could buy. Here was number 9: “According to World Bank estimates, $54 billion a year would eliminate starvation and malnutrition globally by 2015, while $30 billion would provide a year of primary education for every child on earth.

At the upper range of those estimates, the $456 billion cost of the war could have fed and educated the world’s poor for five and a half years.”

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