Please help me
I may have to flee to Cancun this year to escape my humdrum existence,
and they want money?
July 18, 2005
Browzing this colourful site, I saw in the corner a little notice
for Islamic Aid, or Children or Child Aid, asking for money to
help the "victims of the Bam earthquake."
After wiping away the tears, I thought, it's a money problem
then? The Iranian government would help the victims, but how can
It is not as if it is selling oil at $60 or more a barrel, say,
or has billions of petrodollars stashed away. That is why tax-paying,
rent-paying people living in Los Angeles, Paris or Helsinki have
to pay websites to resolve problems that are the responsibility
of sovereign states.
As long as I can remember, people have been
asked to donate to better the lives of starving black children
or what have you.
Surely, if it were a question of money and nothing more, as the
Band Aid public tarts claim, there would be no problem now. Why
don't the multimillionaire trailer-trash singers get on stage
and denounce the daily violation of human rights by governments?
not on second thoughts: they would denounce Bush and Rumsfeld,
instead of the Kims and Mugabe (which in the warped minds of
the left-leaning middle classes seems fair).
Surely we should have seen by now a marked improvement in people's
lives everywhere, given the billions of dollars individuals, and
even governments, have been giving since the 1960s and 70s.
is not a money thing, but -- if I may have my vile neo-con moment
- about money being misspent, misappropriated and resources,
time and talent destroyed by bad governance in Third World countries.
And this is done mostly (I say almost exclusively) by Left-wing
that detest rich people, businesspeople, landowners, home
owners, and shopkeepers, and generally prefer an impoverished and
debased mass to anything that might be called society. They call
it social justice (there is of course a certain grimy justice to
the fair distribution of misery).
Better at least to give the money to groups with focused activities,
like Médecins Sans Frontières or Human
Rights Watch (thank goodness for HRW). But charities seeking funds to do the
work of governments, like rebuilding cities, is preposterous. Have
private organizations taken over the task of town building, or
providing water, electricity and basic sanitation in parts of the
Iranian territory? Since when does the private sector have so much
leeway in Iran?
I keep seeing chirpy young people (in Madrid) with clip-boards
asking for your bank details to channel regular funds to the UNHCR:
the United Nations is now asking me for money? I'm so poor I've
had to ration my smoked salmon intake, and they want money? I may
have to flee to Cancun this year to escape my humdrum existence,
and they want money?
Here's a piece of advice: political problems,
like war, civil war or evil dictatorships cause people to flee
(that's the "RE-FU-GEE PROBLEM," to say it Dr. Evil style).
So if the United Nations is unable or disinclined to address political
problems, as it seems to be in Sudan for example because state
sovereignty is inviolable, then it should not ask for more money.
Let's just see if that Annan can get Mr. Ganji out of jail: let's
just see what the modern-day, secularist equivalent of a saint
is willing and ableto do. It will say so much about the august
body he represents. Aid-shmaid: aid my butt, Kofi!
I do grieve for the Third World of course, though sometimes I
laugh. They recently caught a member of Brazil's ruling workers'
trying to leave the country with $200,000's worth of banknotes
stuffed in his suitcase and underpants. Woohooo: there's style
for you. If you are going to screw your fellow citizens and workers,
do it with style, like the said gentleman from Brazil's socialist
Poor man: he thought, if he could just get past customs,
he would flee to some Caribbean haven, there to salsa and tango
away the rest of his days. Can you picture the white sands,
sun and sea, and he swivelling his hips amidst the sexy beach crowd
every evening? Marvellous.
Incidentally, the little children and dear workers of Brazil
are missing about $200,000, so please help.