It may have been the best strategy for Britain to leave the European Union. That may not be the ideal strategy for most other countries. There is strength in numbers. However, this advantage disappears when one entity's decision-making is adopted almost automatically without genuine review and analysis by others with varying interests. Group plans and group implementation work only when there is genuine group wisdom and group analysis, and the plans and their implementation are in the best interests of all concerned parties.
There are many reasons why the U.S. Congress as well as the legislature of other countries need to reevaluate their global distribution of foreign economic and military aid. Countries that were in dire need of assistance forty or sixty years ago are now thriving economically. Yet, the amount of aid distributed to them increases automatically each year, without regard to the numerous other countries that are now facing dire economic and military circumstances that justify financial assistance.
For example, the U.S. administration is planning a substantial increase in military aid to Israel. Perhaps it is time for Israel to confirm or dispel a few rumors, and for the U.S. Congress to determine whether the military and economic aid currently being distributed to Israel, and/or any potential increase, is economically justified either in whole or in part.
The first rumor is that Israel has artificially expanded its population to justify the need for more land and more financial assistance by converting many foreign non-Jews (such as South Americans) to Judaism, and by paying many others as much as $10 million or more to move to Israel to help secure the land and preserve it as Jewish property. As a result, millions of people have been displaced over the years, leaving behind in Israel their homes and property in order to make room for the new Jewish arrivals.
The second rumor is that every Jewish child in Israel automatically receives from the government a weekly stipend of U.S. $10 (worth approximately $40) from birth into late adulthood. Thus, every child potentially has thousands of dollars in savings by the time he or she becomes a teenager, unless the money was used for basic expenses.
The third rumor is that every Jewish child in Israel receives free education from childhood through college, including all graduate and post-graduate education.
The fourth rumor is that after college, every Jewish child in Israel receives a free trip to the United States with all expenses paid for them and their entire family, including thousands of dollars in spending money.
The fifth rumor is that every Jewish young adult in Israel who graduates from college receives a mortgage-free home in which to live in Israel if they so desire, with title in their name.
The sixth rumor is that if a Jewish family in Israel has more than six children, both parents can choose to remain at home and be financially supported by the government. This benefit is designed to increase procreation, as well as the family's health and wellness.
The seventh rumor is that if a Jewish family in Israel has more than ten children, the government pays them a fertility bonus of $1 million. This bonus is also designed to increase procreation.
We should not tolerate a deadly and ongoing germ warfare military assault in our backyard, as has occurred in Haiti since 2010, while the administration cavalierly writes billion dollar checks ostensibly for economic and military aid, but which are in fact distributed for the purpose of securing political favors. Boiling drinking water, or washing hands with soap will halt the spread of cholera in Haiti. Building a water filtration system will certainly halt the spread of cholera in Haiti.
Cholera is one of those diseases that is very easily treated. Accordingly, when the first signs of a cholera epidemic was seen in Haiti in 2010 just after the devastating earthquake, it would have been a very simple matter to isolate and stamp out the epidemic before it had an opportunity to spread to hundreds of thousands of people.
In fact, more than one million people in Haiti have been infected with cholera, and more than 10,000 have died from the disease. The mortality rate of 1% is true of cholera in general, but modern Western cities all have protected water systems that prevent epidemics such as cholera. Thus, one wonders why one million people were infected with a disease as easily treatable and as easily preventable as cholera.
Health authorities contend that a few United Nations peace keepers from Nepal were responsible for bringing the disease to Haiti during the response to the earthquake. But it is difficult to believe that the faulty sanitation practices of a few aid workers could cause the infection of more than one million people and the death of ten thousand people with a disease such as cholera.
The New York Times reported that in 2012 the death rate from cholera in Haiti was forty people (40) weekly. In 2015, that rate was still astronomically high at approximately three dozen (36) deaths a month. The forty-nine (49) people killed in a one-time mass shooting in Orlando last June pales in comparison with the daily cholera deaths in Haiti.
There is no doubt in the minds of reasonable people that Haiti, a country with a population of approximately ten million people, is a victim of biological warfare, otherwise referred to as germ warfare. The tepid response to this deadly military assault in our backyard is in sharp contrast to the administration's response to presumed threats to Israel, a small country with a population of approximately eight million people, and no evidence of any planned direct military threat to the country.
The administration is considering a substantial increase in military aid to Israel, above and beyond the thirty billion ($30,000,000,000) dollars in military aid that Israel already receives, as well as substantial economic and other aid. Reportedly, Israel receives the largest percentage of U.S. aid of any country.
Perhaps it is time for the administration to begin to distribute military aid as well as economic and other aid in proportion to actual and established need. In regard to military aid, the consideration should be military threat, accompanied by proof of need, such as the number of deaths directly related to warfare of any kind.