It is the right of any country facing severe financial difficulties, to cut its cloth to fit accordingly. This is a lesson that the corridors of power within the U.S. in particular seems to have a struggle with facing that their desires have gone far beyond what they are capable of achieving in ‘their interest’. The It has been a battle that nearly brought about the foreclosure of the Obama Administration, with a $14.6 trillion deficit according to the Guardian’s Clair Provost, and an extravagant annual $50 bn. budget in military and foreign aid.
It is an burgeoning issue that an increasing number of U.S. activists have been struggling to confront the U.S. Administration with while the American people continue to struggle at home with severe cuts in health, education (30 – 50% drop-out rate, and illiteracy at 27 million for under 17s), and approaching 7 million suffering from hunger. The ordinary American on the street cannot go into such a deficit and live to tell the tale, but do in fact owe other countries by the very nature of which country holds U.S. debt. Long before the Great Recession, in 2005, Senator Kent Conrad was reported to have said:
“Well, increasingly we are going into debt with other countries around the world. We owe Japan over $680 billion. We owe China over $240 billion. We owe the United Kingdom over $140 billion. My favourite is the Caribbean banking centres.”
Countries such as China wait in the wings wondering whether the money owed to it will ever be repaid by a country that is not in a position to tell others what to do.
A Question of Ethics
However, the question always asked, and even more so now is the basis on which the U.S. decides foreign aid, and military intervention. When the term ‘democracy’ used, it has been widely understood to mean interference in the favour of U.S. interests, and those interests apply not to the American people as a whole, but to those in position of power and influence inside and outside the government. Raised voices are few when it comes to Israel with anti-Obama, Dick Morris (former adviser to President Clinton) The Capitol Hill journal hardly getting specific about Israel in his list of complaints on foreign aid. In fact, the actual figure for Israel changes according to one’s source so one can safely assume that it is a figure that the U.S. is not predisposed to disclosing with any sincerity.
However, Egypt has been a ‘bad boy’ by not behaving according to the needs and self interests of the U.S., though the Mubarak regime can hardly be blamed for that! The resulting youth Revolution of January 25th 2011 developed beyond U.S. control, a resulting factor of which has been the reconciliation between Palestine’s Hamas and Fatah parties. Far from ethics, it is this unwanted reconciliation that brings the U.S. to re-evaluate foreign aid to the Palestinian Occupied Territories.
One can argue as in the beginning that the U.S. can ill afford to give foreign aid of any kind, but then the resulting action should be no aid, not how much-if-at-all-because-of-Hamas!
So far the U.S. pledge to Palestinian Occupied Territories stands at U.S.$300mn as 27 U.S. senators led by senators. Robert Menendez (Senate Foreign Relations Committee), and Robert Casey (Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs subcommittee) demand suspension of aid as outlined in an open letter to President Obama. The conditions laid out include Hamas’ recognition of Israel as a state, and recognition of the Palestinian government, the latter not being too difficult given that there is now a unity government in place, technically speaking. In other words, ignore the wishes of the people as in the case of Ivory Coast and empower the government that supports the interests of the U.S., and friends, and not the interests of the people. As demonstrated by the domestic affairs of the U.S. the needs of the people are circumstantial, as are the poorest people’s of the earth, who get the least aid from the U.S.
One question though, if the U.S. is technically bankrupt, does the U.S. government have the right to decide how to spend its non-existent budget? Admittedly, this is a question from a simpleton, who observes how easily the reason for rocket food and fuel prices, the banks and investors, are ready to foreclose on homeowners and leave them to the streets. One wonders if in the real world of banking, if the countries who hold U.S. debt should not be the ones to decide.
Meanwhile, somehow, the E.U. which have had more than its fair share of the global economic crisis is able to compensate by increasing aid to the Palestinian Occupied Territories from €85 million ($121.6mn) to €100mn. An admirable step one could say, but is it not about maintaining the status quo, and thus the interests of the international elite? While puppet premiere Mahmoud Abbbas goes into fits at the possible loss of funding from the U.S., one can quite clearly see that it is only the people who are interested in the people, and not the representatives who will never end the human suffering of 50+ years of occupation by a people without a home while the average per capita income of an Israeli stands at 4 times the global average of $30,000 per annum.
The Other Side of Ethics
Then their is the situation of Palestinians living in the Palestinian Occupied Territories. They were never asked if they would welcome a people without a land – in fact their entire predicament has been enforced upon them. Hundreds of villages decimated, their means of survival continually destroyed by force, and the pollution and toxic waste of their slavemasters, their land pillaged, their homes if not destroyed, have been taken over by settlers, settlers with a specific agenda, and their route to education and employment a struggle whereby the mountain to climb seems to get steeper and steeper. Left to wallow by neighbouring countries through the politricks of the international elite, and Hilary Clinton continually whispering in the ear of Obama to make sure he does what he is told, it is completely unethical that either the U.S. or Europe should continually pay through foreign aid to maintain this neocolonialistic form of enslavement. There is a price to pay, but are the international elite including Israel willing to submit to the fact that they have committed a humongous wrong!
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