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Friday, August 5, 2011

Funding Bad Actors

Syria has killed almost 2,000 of its citizens and sent thousands more fleeing, but the U.N. has extended its financial aid through 2012 in an absurd hope that money will equal political reform. As the history books can quickly tell us, appeasement is not the answer to dealing with bad actors. Thomas P.M. Barnett and Victor Davis Hanson would both say that you deal with nations like Syria in the same way Germany and Japan were treated in World War II and the South was treated in the Civil War: (1) defeat them utterly; (2) shame them and make them know they are in the wrong; (3) welcome them back into the fraternal bonds of the nations.

You’d think that a group which calls itself the “United Nations” would be able to do just that.

Sadly, the U.N. is not the only group to give money to questionable nations. In 2009, the United States gave a combined 3.4 billion dollars to Pakistan, Sudan, and the West Bank/Gaza. Burkina Faso, Uganda, Namibia, Tanzania, Congo, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe received 2.6 billion dollars. In fact, U.S. Foreign Aid has risen by 262% from 18.1 billion dollars in 2000 to 47.6 billion dollars today. One would think that all this money should make for improvement in these countries.

But for that to happen, any evil men who control the nations must be removed.

In the meantime, nations like the U.S. should really get a better handle on their debt and stop rewarding “nations” led by vile men with government funding. Of course, I might sadly add that the 47.6 billion dollars of U.S. foreign aid is couch change considering the U.S. debt causes the nation to plummet another 4 billion dollars in the hole every single day.

Note: Click on the map at top for a larger image.

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