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Old 04-06-2013, 07:16 AM
Location: The land where cats rule
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I know that this is unthinkable for this government (or any of the previous ones for that matter) but how about giving no aid to anyone until we get our country back into shape. You know, no hunger at home and the debts paid off instead of wasting our resources where they are only appreciated as a way engender dislike.
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:27 AM
Location: Great State of Texas
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Originally Posted by geofra View Post
OK, but if the goal is to create dependence on US food aid by BOTH the recipients (starvation sufferers) and the suppliers (US agricultural industry) with no intention of being weaned off of the aid, then your way is the right way.

It depends on the situation, of course, but if a market has a potential to be developed locally; then let's give it a chance and not drown it in a silo of free food.
Then instead of food, send shovels and seeds and instructions on how to grow your own.

Those "starving children in Africa" are still starving decades later and the same pictures show up of them and their family lining up to get food.

We promote dependence rather than independence.

Switching over to cash will really end up with them starving to death IMHO.
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:30 AM
Location: Texas
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Originally Posted by KS_Referee View Post
If we send them money for aid, instead of food, the scum in their governments will keep it and zero humanitarian relief will be accomplished. This is how it has ALWAYS ended up before when dealing with this type of handed over cash aid, yet somehow we are expected it to believe this time will be different?

Send them food or send them nothing.
I agree.
If you aren't there to oversee the use of the money, it will likely just land in the hands of despots and the poor will never see it.
I have friends and relatives who have worked for organizations funded by this kind of program, and they say the money is often mysteriously diverted and a new mercedes appears at the compound, etc.
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