Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Africa 101

Normally sensible people like Powerline still don't get aid to Africa. It's not whether we should help, which of course we should. But how can we help? Shoveling money into the pockets of corrupt dictators DOES NOT HELP. They use it to oppress their suffering populations.

Powerline, in a reference to a singer who thinks we should aid Africa:

...don't worry, I haven't gone soft in the head. I generally prefer private to government assistance for humanitarian purposes, and some areas in Africa suffer from political dysfunction that makes effective aid impossible. But, humanitarian considerations aside, I think the geopolitical case for doing what we can to help Africa move forward--as some countries there are already doing quite effectively--is a slam dunk.

OK, here's what you have to do if you want to "help Africa move forward".

1. Kill the thugs running these countries.
2. Remove US and EU farm subsidies so that the counties can sell you their stuff.
3. Don't give them money.

Did I miss something?