Thursday, July 07, 2005

Terrorist attacks, G8 summit and extreme poverty

As is completely appropriate, Tony Blair is returning to London to deal with the terrorist attacks here today. That means he won't be around to shepherd the talks up at Gleneagles. I believe that only with PM Blair pushing the Americans on aid and climate change will there be any progress there. Likewise, without Blair pushing the Germans, Japanese and French on fairer trade that issue is a non-starter.

While Blair needs to be in London, I'm very crestfallen for all those that will die tomorrow in Africa and, the next day, the next day, the next day, the next day, the next day, the next day, the next day, the next day, the next day, the next day, because the leaders won't make the decisions they must make to MakePovertyHistory. I'd love to be proved wrong, but with the London bombings, nothing the G8 does will knock them off the top story. Why risk the ire of your special interest groups at home if you can't bask the relative glory of doing the right thing for humanity?

So while the body count in London is somewhere between 2 and a couple hundred, this Al-Qaeda group is responsible for the death of 30,000 people today and everyday for the forseeable future.

Now that is pure evil!

Update:World leaders at the G8 summit have put back all announcements until Friday after a series of deadly blasts in London temporarily disrupted talks.