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After September 11: a doctor's perspective

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 02 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1045
  1. Samer Jabbour, Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine (
  1. American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

    Since September 11, an unruly world has got worse. For us in the Arab and Muslim world, the change has touched us deeply and negatively. Firstly, there was the adventurous war on Afghanistan and unprecedented oppression in Palestine; and now there is the probability of war against Iraq. We are entering an era of massive action by a rising militarism obsessed with security and domination.

    Providing humanitarian aid is not an adequate response by doctors to conflict

    Internally, we face more restrictions on political rights under the pretext of security, economic conditions continue to worsen, and religious extremism driven by hopelessness rises. People's needs—national, political, and economic—remain unaddressed, while unmatched wealth is squandered and cheap oil is exchanged for expensive arms. All this has laid the ground for more conflict. This terrible situation is not our problem alone. Because the tremendous suffering associated with ongoing conflicts has affected many communities all over the world, before, on, and …

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