|US will help those who help themselves||BikeViking|
Mar 14, 2002 12:10 PM
|We Americans are not averse to helping those nations who are looking to TRULY better the lives of their citizens.
Thursday, March 14, 2002
WASHINGTON — Poor nations that commit to economic and political reforms will receive an extra $5 billion in aid, half of it as grants and not loans, President Bush said Thursday.
The grants would be doled out over a three-year period starting in the fiscal 2004 budget, and would be linked to progress by developing countries in reforming their economies, rooting out corruption and promoting human rights.
"To make progress, we must encourage nations and leaders to walk the hard road of political, legal and economic reform so all their people can benefit," said Bush, speaking at the Inter-American Development Bank.
The speech comes ahead of an International Conference on Financing Development that the president will attend next week in Monterrey, Mexico.
Bush was speaking a day after the World Bank put out a report that showed developing countries are more likely to rebound from the global economic slowdown faster than richer nations, but still are not likely to experience rapid reductions in overall poverty.
The offer is part of a multi-pronged policy to root out terrorism that has included a tireless military assault on Afghanistan where terrorists easily took up camp after years of fanaticism and corruption in government. Bush pointed out that the recently-routed Taliban regime used a soccer stadium in Kabul built with international aid for public executions.
"Poverty doesn't cause terrorism," Bush said. "Being poor doesn't make you a murderer. Most of the plotters of 9/11 were raised in comfort. Yet persistent poverty and oppression can lead to hopelessness and dispair. And when governments fail to meet the most basic needs of their people, these failed states can become havens for terror."
"We applaud the president for recognizing the need to develop policies that elevate the importance of overseas development assistance. However, we need to see more details," said Sid Balman, spokesman for InterAction, an alliance of non-governmental organizations. "We hope his commitment in principle sees the light of day when the final figures of the budget come out."
Popping up in yet another Washington corridor of power, U2 lead singer Bono sat to the president's left. Bush recognized Bono, who has been in town all week to push debt relief and AIDS policy, two of his priorities as a self-appointed goodwill ambassador.
"Dick Cheney walked into the Oval Office. He said, '(North Carolina Sen.) Jesse Helms wants us to listen to Bono's ideas,'" Bush said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
|re: Sounds like colonization to me..||jrm|
Mar 14, 2002 3:47 PM
|Hey theres cheap labor & resources in that-there developing nation, just waiting for the US to manipulate it.
yeah he needed to reconize Bono for media exposure, and the young vote. God the guys policy, idealogy and actions so tranparent and perdictable...its pathetic.
|re: US will help those who help themselves||BikeViking|
Mar 15, 2002 5:30 AM
|I am not a big fan of Bono, but my point behind the article was that MJ is always bashing the US for being unilateralists and not acting to help the poor nations of the world. This article shows we are willing to help IF the poor nations will adhere to certain economic and political standards.
The poor nations must realize there is no such thing as a free meal.