Environmental Security and Afghani Starvation

I am heavily involved with sustainable development in my life and studies, and this involvement has brought me closer to discussing a new term in the prospect of creating a more viable future for the planet’s people : Environmental Security. Environmental security is a term closely related to social sustainability, addressing the real and pressing need for us to end inter-global conflict in the name of resource conservation and preservation of valuable human and ecological life, and the reality that conflict disproportionately affects stratified groups of people, that when the value of life becomes fixed on the non-negotiation of resource worth and environmentally political diversion, the very values of “freedom” and “human rights” become nothing more than standbys in conflicts which deplete the earthly foundations needed to sustain nations.

The War of Terror is a matter of not only national, international, and rights security, but one of environmental security as well. Take the forced starvation of people in Afghanistan in 2001, when the United States demanded that food supply envoys from Pakistan be prevented from providing aid to the estimated 7 to 8 million people on the verge of starvation. This was September 16th, mere moments after initial American shock had worn off and both civilians and leaders were “attempting” to provide the best reactionary solution to a problem whose inception goes back further than most children can remember from their history books. With such a drastic non-human order on the part of the US, as Noam Chomsky reports, “ as far as I could determine there was no reaction in the United States or for that matter in Europe.”

Even when the food supply began again, the food was coming in at a lower pace “while aid agencies leveled scathing condemnations of US airdrops, condemning them as propaganda tools which are probably doing more harm than good” (London Financial Times).

Continuing from Noam Chomsky’s account: After the first week of bombing, the New York Times reported on a back page inside a column on something else, that by the arithmetic of the United Nations there will soon be 7.5 million Afghans in acute need of even a loaf of bread and there are only a few weeks left before the harsh winter will make deliveries to many areas totally impossible, continuing to quote, but with bombs falling the delivery rate is down to ½ of what is needed. Casual comment. Which tells us that Western civilization is anticipating the slaughter of, well do the arithmetic, 3-4 million people or something like that. On the same day, the leader of Western civilization dismissed with contempt, once again, offers of negotiation for delivery of the alleged target, Osama bin Laden, and a request for some evidence to substantiate the demand for total capitulation. It was dismissed. On the same day the Special Rapporteur of the UN in charge of food pleaded with the United States to stop the bombing to try to save millions of victims. As far as I’m aware that was unreported. That was Monday. Yesterday the major aid agencies OXFAM and Christian Aid and others joined in that plea. You can’t find a report in the New York Times. There was a line in the Boston Globe, hidden in a story about another topic, Kashmir.”

Where are the conversations about environmental security, and the human rights injustices which were performed from the very beginning, in our media and in our daily lives? Where have we seen any discussion about the possibility of resource depletion, not only from food, but from the means to produce and accumulate food, being the most atrocious and reprehensible response to conflict?

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~ by 1womanarmy on February 7, 2008.

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