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When Is Charity Not Really?

Found this snip on they NYTimes and thought it could be more broadly applicable to such situations as Iraq and the like:

“If someone wants to help you, they shouldn’t do it by destroying the very thing that they’re trying to promote.”
GEORGE ODO, a CARE official, on U.S. food aid to Africa, which his organization says can undermine struggling local farmers

Could it be that the general practice administered by the US of A and executed by the good people of America for a great long while has led people in other countries to a co-dependenc y upon our aid thus never reducing their dependency nor the problem and feeding our addiction feeling charitable rather than actually being such?

My theory is that the W, Rove and Co’s preoccupatio n with “faith-based ” “do-good” agencies may asphyxiate any chance to ameliorate some of the most dire situations in some of the most desolate places on the globe. What’s that biblical slogan: Better to teach a person to fish than to feed her a fish?

Likewise, perhaps it’s not good policy to destroy a country in the name of improving it.


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2 Responses to “When Is Charity Not Really?”

  1. “Could it be that the general practice administered by the US of A and executed by the good people of America for a great long while has led people in other countries to a co-dependenc y upon our aid thus never reducing their dependency nor the problem and feeding our addiction feeling charitable rather than actually being such?”

    Isn’t this the exact same thing our welfare system does to the poor here? Keep them co-dependent on public funds?

  2. Of course it’s not the same manapp99 it doesn’t fit into the agenda.
    They just want the cash so they can use it which ever way they choose corruptly or otherwise. Similar to the real reason they want te Kyoto treaty so the rest of the world can distribute US funds.

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