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How the Rich Starved the World

Original post made by Mike, College Terrace, on Apr 21, 2008

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"Food for thought", especially given the recent efforts to convert food crops for fuel.

A recent discussion with several local food producers opened my eyes to this problem.

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Posted by her
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 21, 2008 at 5:02 pm

"This deterioration has not been confined to Egypt. The Islamic nation is suffering shortage of foodstuffs in many countries, such as Yemen. Even in the Arabian Peninsula, whose government is one of the richest in the world, many residents of the popular neighborhoods of Jedda do not find water. They carry their pots to mosques to have water but the government prevents the muezzins from giving them water. Sewage is spilled in the streets and electricity is cut off in the stifling heat of Jedda. The poor in Mecca and Riyadh live in shanty towns.Where has the nation's wealth in the Arabian Peninsula gone? The Americans unleashed against this wealth a family of 7,000 princes, who are plundering the peninsula's resources and who are giving the lion's share of our wealth to the Americans. They are also giving them the land, the bases, the airports, and the seaports from which they move to kill Muslims. Abdallah Bin-Abd-al-Aziz is preoccupied with visiting the Pope, who insulted Islam and the prophet of Islam, God's peace and blessings be upon him. He is engaged in calls for interfaith dialogue to polish his image in front of the Crusaders and the Americans.

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Posted by ol' lady
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 21, 2008 at 5:34 pm

I, as usual, is America's fault.

So, is it to America's credit that Iraq has an economy which is rocketing upward? That there is no more starvation and lack of medical supplies like there was under Saddam?

It makes me sick, this constant blaming of all the world's troubles on America. Honestly, when are we going to say to hell with everyone else and stop buying anything from any dicatatorship?

Oh yes, when we do that, it is STILL our fault..look at how we are blamed for Cuba's poverty because we DON'T trade with Cuba!

The hypocrisy stinks.

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Posted by ol' lady
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 21, 2008 at 5:36 pm

BTW, if anyone had listened to conservatives, including Bush, then the conversion of food into fuel would not have happened. This is precisely what we predicted.

And, when will the absurdity of the West benefitting from genetically engineered foods, while keeping them from Africa to "protect them", and causing starvation through default, going to end? As usual, it is the left whose misguided notions result in the very thing they supposedly represent...caring for the poor.

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Posted by Jarred
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 21, 2008 at 7:13 pm

If we really wanted to help people in third world countries, the developed countries in North America and Europe would:
1. Get rid of all farming subsidies and import tariffs on food products
2. Cease all conversion of food into biofuels
3. Stop dissuading developing countries from planting genetically modified crops
4. Take all the time and energy we are using to fight global warming, and instead use it to ensure that everyone in developing countries has clean water
5. Encourage the widespread use of DDT to prevent malaria
6. Focus on helping developing countries achieve political stability, individual rights and the infrastructure required to efficiently distribute food and energy to those who need them

Of course, there are many of the eco-freak leftist persuasion who are deeply concerned about all those people in Africa and India and the bad effects they might have our world. My view is different: I like people of all sorts, think they are basically good, and would like to see more of them have lives of the prosperity and opportunity that we take for granted around here. They have just as much right to it as we do.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 22, 2008 at 4:01 am

ol'lady and Jarred, I love you!
Islam had Princes before there was an America.
Take a look at Islamic nations - the more secular, the more prosperous. The wisdom of Solomon has been replace with the avarice of Mugabi.

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