The Quick Slide From Hope to Despair As War Returns--If It Ever Went Away
By Danny Schechter
New York, New York: On the Sunday, the world came together to demand climate justice with massive marches of solidarity and positivity.
On the Monday, the UN prepared for its global climate summit with more than l00 Heads of State, some there as ornaments, others as advocates for changes in environmental conditions that threaten the survival of many nations and peoples.
On the Monday afternoon, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called climate change Washington's number #1 priority.
On the Monday night, I was in New York with the visiting President of South Africa marking twenty years of freedom in that country after the overthrow of apartheid. I saw no American officials present.
Back home, later that evening, the news was out: the United States was then heavily bombing Syria for the first time with the support of a melange of Arab dictators and theocracies, using planes we sold them, to make some point about western commitment to freedom.