Afghanistan Promised Sixteen Billion Dollars
Donors expected to pledge $16 billion in Afghan aid
How many billions will come, do you think, from Qatar, which has been spending a lot to help the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria as it did previously in Libya? How much from Kuwait? The Emirates? Saudi Arabia?
The Muslim members of OPEC have received more than $17 trillion dollars from oil and gas revenues since 1973 alone. They've got at least a trillion or more still sloshing about in assorted surpluses.
The Americans spent two trillion dollars to make Iraq a better place. They spent one trillion dollars to make Afghanistan a better place. They have given Egypt over $75 billion in the last 30 years, and tens of billions to Pakistan, to Jordan, to the "Palestinian" Authority.
Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and other members of the E.U., have given tens of billions collectively to the same Muslim recipients.
Japan has given its own tens of billions, over the years, to Muslim recipients.
The E.U., the United States, Canada, and Japan all forgave Iraq's debt of about $100 billion. The Arab states -- chiefly Kuwait and Saudi Arabia -- rebuffed James Baker when he tried to make them do the same.
Does it make sense for the non-Muslims of the world, whose economies are at the breaking point, should send more billions to Afghanistan? Does it make sense for the Muslims of the world, whose national coffers are exploding with money, should not contribute to supporting a fellow member of the Umma?
Posted on 07/07/2012 1:21 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald