Jack Shearing (3/30/17)
You may have heard recently about Donald Trump’s plan to “viciously murder 16 million Africans with his bare hands.” That is if you have been watching or reading Fake News like CNN or The Washington Post.
Headlines like “Donald Trump’s Foreign Aid Cut During Africa Famine” and “16 million at imminent risk of dying in African famine as US cuts foreign aid” dominated news banners yesterday. Left wing talking heads are again trying to slander Donald Trump and paint him as racist tyrant but their stories miss serious issues and misconstrue the facts.
The Associated Press says, “The world’s largest humanitarian crisis in 70 years has been declared in three African countries on the brink of famine, just as President Donald Trump’s proposed foreign aid cuts threaten to pull the United States from its historic role as the world’s top emergency donor.”
The same article quotes a top UN official who elaborates, “At least $4.4 billion is needed by the end of March to avert a hunger ‘catastrophe’ in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen” The three countries listed are nations who have been the victims of Islamic Militant uprisings and dangerous warlords who uphold power through violence and fear. Yemen for instance has almost no government at all after the Obama funded Arab Spring threw the country into a civil war and the President was forced to flee the nation.
Warlords who run these nations have tight grasps over the coming and goings of aid. In many cases aid workers are forced to bribe militants with food and money to help the aid get where it’s going. Thereby exacerbating the problems. The very same UN that I above quoted, requesting 4.4 billion dollars in aid admits that “food aid was being diverted to local cartels which sold the supplies at a profit.”
Furthermore, elaborating, “Diplomats acknowledged that WFP personnel were working under difficult conditions in which they might be obliged to pay off local facilitators in order to ensure the delivery of food aid. These contacts might, in turn, be linked to al-Shabaab, the Islamist movement which the US and others regard as a terrorist organization, under Al-Qaeda’s banner.”
Bribes sometimes don’t cut it for the UN either, these blood thirsty monsters have a nasty habit of killing the good samaritans trying to get help to the needy and afflicted. Just yesterday for instance, an undisclosed number of UNICEF workers were butchered in South Sudan.
But more trouble than the logistics of the situation, are the economics. You see, Africa has been completely dependent on foreign aid for so long that there is no infrastructure in place to feed the starving even if all the violence was quelled and law and order was restored. Millions of dollars are funneled into each African country each year from hundreds of different charitable organizations of western countries. This frivolous giving has created a culture of dependence that incentivized victimhood and crime. The Hill reported earlier this month that, “As of March 2014, 20 African countries carried foreign debt of nearly $390 billion.” An outlandish and almost unbelievable statistic. Where I ask, has the money gone? Completely wasted, I reckon given the current state of affairs in Africa.
If you live in Africa, its more profitable to try to acquire aid money than it is to start a business or better your fellow man because the west is doing all your work for you. In other words, there is no incentive to live off your hard work and sweat like there is in the west.
Donald Trump, by cutting food and monetary aid to Africa is fixing two deadly problems facing the war-torn continent. First he is end the gravy train of free food and money to warlords who cause the heartache and violence. And second: Incentivizing Africans to become self-sustainable. All the while diverting the wasted money to needy American vets and broken infrastructure. A real winning move.
Who knew “America First” would be positive and beneficial for global citizens on the other side of the world? Not the left-wing pundits, that’s for sure.
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