Wednesday, September 04, 2002

Greg Easterbrook has his own spin on the Jo'burg Blowout.
the European Commission, plus several European Union member governments, gave several million dollars in travel grant funds to various left-wing NGOs to send people to Johannesburg. Officially this was for diversity and democracy, but the real motive was to ensure that there would be angry people denouncing the United States in the streets while the summit took place. Just think how many lives might have been saved if the millions used to fly a European street demonstration all the way to the tip of Africa had, instead, simply been given to the poor of Africa.

Nice thought, but given that the entire circle-jerk has achieved three-fifths of bugger-all, why worry about a few hundred starving Africans. As long as present policies are maintained, starvation is after all a sustainable resource.

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