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UNICEF has warned that the decline of foreign aid in the 1990s has been so sharp and swift that millions of children, even if they survive, will leave the 20th century without the most basic standards of health and education promised by world leaders in 1990. That was the year of the Children's Summit at the United Nations when government leaders promised to lift children out of abject poverty. Since then, the aid total from the world's seven richest nations has been cut by about 30 percent— $ 15 billion in real terms—in areas with the most pressing human needs, including those with high child death rates, high birth rates, and low access to safe drinking water.
For the cost of three Stealth bombers, the crippling debt of developing countries could be forgiven. Such spending demands the question, who is being secured? It is certainly not human beings. A visitor from another planet would stare in disbelief at the reasoning processes that produce such distortions. A New Definition of Security My thinking about these distortions has been influenced by Inga Thorsson, who, in 1982, led a United Nations study on the relationship of disarmament and development.
But in political terms, the militarist mentality prevails. We have not been able to break free from the culture of war as Where Bread and Bombs Intersect 41 the means of resolving interstate and intrastate conflict. A putative culture of peace struggles to find its way to the councils of the powerful. N. " It had been hoped that, with the end of the Cold War, there would be not only a decrease in military expenditure in the developed countries but also a transfer of resources to the developing countries.