Outline Of A Speech On The Poverty Of The Donors ' Pledge Of 4.4 Billion Dollars For Reconstruction
Someone I know recently visited a village in Sindhupalchok, not far from the capital, with a team only to find that no one had arrived there before them with the relief materials the villagers annihilated by the April and May earthquakes desperately needed. Think of far-flung places where the victims have been fending for themselves.
However, our ministers were in a hurry not to help the victim but to secure sinecures for them and their colleagues. They do not care about the children who have lost their parents, sick who need treatment, hungry who need food and homeless who need a roof over their heads, faced with the quakes and the roaring monsoon.
The donors’ pledge of 4.4 billion dollars for reconstruction in the recent conference is welcome. But if our leaders believe the money will come no matter how selfish they become, they will be sorely mistaken. If they do not change their attitude, the pledged money will never show up.
Our leaders’ attitude has a name. Former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli calls it plunder. He has said, "To tax the community for the advantage of a class is not protection; it is plunder."
US political philosopher Lysander Spooner calls it crime. He has asserted, "The greatest of all crimes are the wars that are carried on by governments, to plunder, enslave, and destroy mankind."
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