Let’s All Call Each Other Names

In a news conference at U.N. headquarters in New York, Egeland called
for a major international response — and went so far as to call the
U.S. government and others "stingy" on foreign aid in general.

"If,
actually, the foreign assistance of many countries now is 0.1 or 0.2
percent of the gross national income, I think that is stingy, really,"
he said. "I don’t think that is very generous."

The U.S.
government expects to spend $15 million in its initial response to the
disaster, the State Department said Monday. The United States’ overall
foreign aid commitment is around 0.2 percent of its gross national
product. (Full story)

The
Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress, in an April
report to lawmakers, said total foreign assistance — excluding the
costs of reconstruction in Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion — was
larger in the 2003 and 2004 budgets than in any two-year period since
the mid-1980s.

Meanwhile:

Another Bin Laden tape shows up.

"In Washington, U.S. State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said it had not
been determined whether the speaker was bin Laden but "it’s a message
from terrorists" and an attempt "by murderers to propagate their evil
trade.
"

What a great way to approach the problem. Maybe if  we call the terrorists bad names for a long time, they will eventually just go away.

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