Consider this: More people died of AIDS on Sept. 11 (and every day since) than died during the terrorist attacks in New York, and over 8,000 people die from diseases every day that are easily preventable by vaccinations.

AIDS has claimed 25 million lives to date, yet assistance from the developed countries has gotten only a few AIDS sufferers in developing countries on antiretroviral therapy. And poorer countries have had to cut their budgets for vaccinations and immunization in the past decade due to lack of funds.

Does the world become a safer place through military might or does it become safer through the building of social and economic institutions, and improvements in education, health care, economic safety nets, microcredit loans, land reform and women's freedom and rights?