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  •  Direct aid like this solves that problem (15+ / 0-)

    And letting Israel control the money doesn't help at all. It's  like letting the US control Vietnam's money during the war. Absurd, at best.

    No War but Class War

    by AoT on Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 07:32:22 PM PDT

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    •  Without commenting on Israel one way or the (14+ / 0-)

      other, the point is that handing money over to any entity that can be tempted to pocket any of it privately is unlikely to go any differently than in the past when puppet dictators and warlords were paidoff directly and openly.

      You make a good point about vietnam and of course we all remember that several billion shipped shrinkwrapped on pallets to Iraq didn't reach its intended destination either.

      My guess would be that, as labor-intensive and apparently expensive (altho not if it actually does the job for a change) as it might be, actually literally shipping american-made construction materials and equipment and humanitarian materials and equipment and daily life materials and equipment including food and whatever volunteers (Turkish etc perhaps?) who are experts in the use of it all, and keep shipping, and keep shipping, so the glut makes all this stuff utterly useless to cache in order to sell on the blackmarket, is more likely to rebuild, re-equipment, feed, medically care for, and start-up business, infrastructure, education, health and safety in a way money changing hands has never done.

      Tops on the list, solar arrays for literally every rooftop and all the tech materials & training to make Gaza THE electricity supplier to the region and too valuable to all concerned for anyone to destabilize the supply by smuggling weapons or dictatorial personnel in.  Rebuild it better, give the training & fill the jobs & set up the future training & educational institutions, hand them the keys, and leave. Leave the people so well equipped to run their own lives that dictatorial political machines funded by outside entities with destructive agendas simply cannot compete.

      Ditto westbank.  Ditto into every much huger far more brutal armed conflict in africa that we are so assiduously not watching.

      And by the way, ditto every "indian" reservation in the U.S.  Americans really have no grounds for telling other people far way how to solve their problems.  We've had a hundred years to solve exactly the same ones here and we've refused to do so.

      Put americans back to work manufacturing the stuff that poorest of the world need the most, stamp lady liberty on every piece of it, and give it away in such magnitude that nothing but truely a fresh good start can be done with it.  If nothing else, the jobs will put paychecks in hands empty to the skin&bone here, and maybe take back america from the oligarchs WE have on our own backs.

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