Koffing Anus Hacks-Up a Hairball
UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Thursday called 2005 "a make-or-break moment" for the world's poor and urged all rich nations to follow the European Union and boost aid, improve trade and provide debt relief.Yeah, right, follow the EU.
As much as I respect British PM Tony Blair for his support in the War on Terror, I really disagree with him on this point:
British Prime Minister Tony Blair went to see President Bush on Tuesday to seek a writeoff of impoverished nations' debt and a doubling of aid to Africa. Bush inched towards Blair's position on writing off debt but the British prime minister said tough negotiations are needed ahead of the G8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland.The President pledged something on the order of $800 million! Write-off the debts?!?!?! WTF?!?!?!
We have been spending big money on the turd world for the last 50 years with little to show for it. If money was the answer, we certainly have spent more than enough to have made a difference by now. Oh, I'm sure there are a few examples where there has been some real progress, but these are too few to be considered representative.
The problem is not a lack of money; it's how the money is being spent and who is ultimately getting it. As long as there are governments like that of "Mad Bob" Mugabe receiving aid money sent to them, you can be sure it will never reach the people who need it. Look at the infamous "Oil-for-Food" program: How much of that money ever made it past Saddam's next palace make-over? Furthermore, look at all the opportunities for graft and corruption that are created through international relief efforts - especially when the corrupt dictators' union known as the UN is involved.
Continue to say "NO" to the UN. They need the US more than we need them.