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June 24, 2014

The World is Still a Mess

Harry M. Covert

The idea that every nation and peoples of the world should be like the United States has gotten out of hand a bit. It is unnerving that the nation’s able diplomats and military men and women should try to enforce such nation building. This is somewhat foolhardy.

 

There is a dissimilarity to expect those around the globe to be like us. This may well not be popular, but it is indeed a fact. Some can say this is blasphemous whether we like it or not.

 

Of course, it could be a good thing if the rest of Maryland would be more alike Frederick County. That’s not going to happen.

 

It is surely a shame that those in the Third World – specifically the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean and some Asian countries – have a hard time adjusting to an American way of life.

 

Seems like duly elected executive and congressional branches for years think it’s the American duty to police the world when the fighting people are determined to destroy a society of growth in all things – education, business and lifestyle – without equal.

 

It is no pleasure in seeing hungry and sick people around the world. It is no joy that ignorance seems to be bliss. Of late the U.S. has come up with another multimillion scheme to stop the flow of undocumented – illegals, i.e. – children, and others, from flocking to the southernmost parts of the nation. From babies to teenagers, El Salvadorans, Guatemalans, Hondurans and others are flooding across the borders. Life in their respective countries is extremely difficult and heartbreaking.

 

Unkind? That’s not the intention here. It is time, however, for the government and taxpayers to understand fully the mass weaknesses, failures and human bondage so prevalent in under-developed countries. No American anywhere in the 50 states and territories should ever go hungry and without medical care. The nice thing is also no one around the world should either. Let’s not ignore facts that the ills around the world are not the fault of the American society.

 

Frankly, in the Middle East, years and centuries have set the pattern for continued hunger, fighting and hatefulness. There is no end in sight. No matter the leaders in the good old US of A now and the future, the situations of death and destruction will continue. All the conferences between the parties will make no difference. Rather negative thoughts here but the truth must be told.

 

Facetiously speaking, the only way to help Haiti, the poorest nation in the world, is for the U.S. to take it over as a territory. Imagine the resulting vitriol from this. The first time this writer visited this devastated island came in 1981. Recent visits have shown the place worse than ever and that is before the earthquake. No matter what is reported, the situation continues to deteriorate. Thanks to hundreds of U.S. churches and humanitarian organizations whose help provides only a “finger in the dike.”

 

Let’s take a look at the continuing troubles in Somalia, Nigeria, Niger, and others in the Dark Continent. Somalia truly is hopeless, under the fear and death of warlords. Nigeria still hasn’t found the school girls kidnapped by the terrorists, Boko Haram. The latter has taken a backseat to the news of late with the growing terrorism in Iraq, Further we can take a look at The Sudan, north and south, The Congo, which includes the former Zaire. These spots are not conducive to good living or government respected and called for in every State of the Union, the U.S. that is.

 

There is no nice way to say it but the tragedies continue in these parts of the globe. I didn’t forget. Dangers are worse than ever in Iraq, Iran, Egypt, and Libya. The list goes on. Isn’t it time to reconsider if and when the U.S. continues to be the world’s policeman and expects to nation build?

 

I’m not convinced after years involved in international relief projects that American dollars, from government, taxpayers and religious humanitarian groups will ever make anything better in the long run.

 

The saying goes to give these societies a hand up instead of handout. Certainly sounds good as does another, “to whom much is given much is required.” Much has been given and the time is now to take a new look at all the do-gooding; expect the foreign recipients to be responsible and to begin anew.

 

hmcovert@gmail.com

 



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