"It is often a source of puzzled reflection how ordinary Germans could
have tolerated the moral iniquity that was Nazism. Or how white South
Africans could have countenanced the evils of apartheid. Yet the position
of persons living with AIDS in Africa poses a comparable moral dilemma for
the developed world today: the inequities of a world trade system that
weighs the poor with debt while privileging the wealthy with inexpensive
materials and labor.
"Those of us who live affluent lives, well attended by medical care,
should not ask how Germans or white South Africans could tolerate living
in proximity to moral evil. We do so ourselves today, in proximity to the
impending illness and death of many millions of people with AIDS. This
will happen because available treatments are denied to those who need them
for the sake of aggregating corporate wealth for shareholders who, by
African standards, are already unimaginably affluent."
- Edwin Cameron, Judge High Court of South Africa, 7/10/00