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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Tsunami Relief and Terrorism Prevention

Colin Powell now says that giving aid to the devastated region can help prevent future terrorist attacks:

"We hope that through these efforts people will see that the United States is committed to helping those who are in poverty, to those who are not able to educate their children, to those who are looking for jobs and need a country that is based on law and order," said Powell.

"We believe it is in the best interest of those countries and it's in our best interest and it dries up those pools of dissatisfaction which might give rise to terrorist activity," he said.

Sounds reasonable, but it leads to several other questions: why the slow public response when the tsunami first hit? Why the low initial aid offer, that was only later increased? And why the low overall level of US foreign aid, if the Secretary of State thinks this could be such a useful anti-terror tool? I doubt Powell is much in the loop any more with the administration; Wonkette thinks he's not even reading the memos at this point.