Thursday, December 29, 2005

H.L. Mencken Quote

"Whenever A annoys or injures B on the pretense of saving or improving X, A is a scoundrel."
It should be an international scandal that the U.N. arbiters of all things good and decent have some how managed to piss through a third of the tsunami disaster relief money for administrative costs while only 20% of those made homeless in the disaster have been housed.

No one is saying it yet, but I get the impression a lot of U.N. types with soft hands and impeccable personal grooming are flying frequently in business class and eating in trendy new Asian bistros with money donated by working stiffs who wanted to help the less fortunate. Shame on them. I forget who said it but it seems true that international aid is money taken from poor people in rich countries and given to rich people in poor countries. The people affected by the tsunami would have been better served if the U.S. used it's aid money to build a new aircraft carrier. This new ship Named the H.L. Mencken would provide hospitals, fresh drinking water, provide a platform for air lifts and shoot down any aircraft carrying NGO or U.N bureaucrats. Maybe next time.

1 comment:

Dexter said...

Paul Theroux commentary in NY Times on 12/15 expresses sentiment on similar plight in Africa. Also echoed in his Dark Star Safari book on a return visit to Africa 40 years after living there and the lack of improvement and ineffectiveness of aid agencies.