G-8 Should Take A Look At Itself

Posted on Sunday, July 16 at 10:29 by 4Canada
Africa won't be entirely forgotten: The current African Union president will speak for a continent with 800 million people and the lion's share of the planet's problems. Even so, chances are nil that slow progress since the Gleneagles meeting will get nearly as much attention as Israel's destabilizing troubles with its neighbours, Iran's and North Korea's nuclear ambitions or terrorism, a summit staple since 9/11. That's not surprising. After all, what concerns us most is what threatens us first and it's much easier to connect the dots that connect spiralling regional conflicts to peace and security than it is to explain why enlightened self-interest demands action against grotesque suffering. So leaders will concentrate on restoring some order to the Middle East and, of course, on terrorism while skimming lightly over the disease and despair that ruin more lives every hour than intractable disputes or Al Qaeda destroy in a decade. It's a safe bet Putin's summary report Monday will be more about re-emerging Russia's real or imagined achievements and the way ahead for developed countries than the realities facing those still trying to find a place at prosperity's groaning board. http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1152913811870&call_pageid=970599109774&col=Columnist969907626423

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