Peace is the Way
Posted by chads on December 13, 2006
This is the second in a series of guest posts by Kelli Donley. She will be joining me for another week. Thanks, Kelli!
The biggest threat to global health is war. There is nothing like violence to promote infectious disease, destroy years of back-breaking ground work, to demolish a country’s health care system within a matter of moments.
This is not a post dissuading you from believing in the importance of fighting for the underdog. There have been plenty of instances when minorities were being killed because the majority was, well, the majority. However, as a public health worker, I cannot approve of war. I cannot support war. I do not believe in war.
Call me naïve or indulgent or privileged. You’d be right on all accounts. I’m thankful to have grown up in the comforts of American suburbia without the worry of bombs dropping on my home or my water source being positioned. I don’t think I knew the word “genocide” until I reached college. This is a privileged life indeed.
As an adult, I’ve seen what war and war’s aftermath cause. They promote resentment, greed, jealous and hate among men. They turn families, neighbors, friends against each other. Wars by definition are destructive. I am a strong believer that while conversation and debate are often more difficult, resolution can be achieved to all of the world’s problems.
Imagine if we were using even ¼ of the resources spent in Iraq to promote AIDS prevention in Africa? Or to create fresh, clean drinking water sources for the billions in India? Or to teach our fellow Americans how to cook for themselves, exercise and life healthy lives?
The world would certainly be a better place. The state of Iraq today? I’m not certain it is a better place than it was before our most recent invasion. Today, I pray for peace – for the public’s health internationally.