Mort des pauvres et responsabilité des riches

Dans un livre scandaleux paru l'année dernière et intitulé Late Victorian Holocausts , Mike Davis a décrit l'attitude de l'Empire britannique envers les famines en Inde et ailleurs. Lorsque les moussons ne se sont pas levées, des millions d'Indiens ont dû faire face à une mort imminente. De la nourriture aurait pu être amenée par en train en Inde britannique pour sauver un grand nombre de gens affamés, mais les Britanniques avaient foi en une politique non-interventionniste, de laissez faire. La faim faisait partie de la nature.

En fait, les attitudes des Britanniques étaient encore plus scandaleuses. Les officiers britanniques estimaient qu'ils agissent courageusement en ne se laissant pas influencer par leurs " émotions " ! Ils se félicitaient mutuellement de leur flegme.

Cela semble incroyable à l'heure actuelle ? Non, car les Etats-Unis ont adopté une attitude similaire. L'Amérique est restée sans réagir face aux millions d'Africains qui mouraient du sida.

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