posted on Apr, 6 2013 @ 01:23 AM
To all of you,
Thank you very much. I'm delighted to be part of thread with universally thoughtful and respectful comments. I'm only sorry I had to leave for a
while and couldn't respond immediately.
We should be able to tell which governments are so corrupt that they would take the food intended for their people and use it to enrich that
country's "elite." (thinking North Korea, some African countries, etc.) I can't see any way to help the people in those countries. Perhaps they
need a revolution to return human rights to themselves. I know the current administration used "Responsibility to Protect" as justification to
replace Libya's government, but I can't imagine using that policy world wide. I hate to write those countries off, but without a government change
I don't see an alternative.
As noted above, emergency food aid is always more acceptable, but even then countries like North Korea have food emergencies and I'd be very
reluctant to ship food there.
In other countries, perhaps the solution, as hinted at above, is to ship agricultural experts and temporary food aid. With an emphasis on
"temporary." "We'll help feed your country for two or three years, but by the end of that time, with our instruction, you should be able to feed
yourselves." Just as Americans don't like having to live off the government, it must be tough on another country's national pride to depend on
foreigners for survival.
So where do we get the food we hand out? If it was available for purchase in the suffering country, they wouldn't need our food aid. So if they
don't have it, doesn't that mean we have to produce it and ship it?
Thanks very much for encouraging me to search my heart. I was reminded that the purpose of the food aid should be to restore health and dignity to
the people of the suffering country, not make us feel good.
Again, I can't thank all of you enough. Stars are such a feeble reward. This is what I was hoping for from ATS.