South Sudan, world's newest nation, gets US Millions
The new nation of South Sudan, a group of rebel separatists who happen to be black, have created a new country based on not being satisfied with the way they were ruled by their previous duly elected government. In other words, they wanted "hope and change" so they took up arms and started a civil war.
Immediately upon the creation of this new government, the US Government made a gift of nearly a half-billion dollars, for no apparent reason. There is no debt, or obligation to this country, since it previously never existed. There is no reason to shower money over these self-selected armed rebels, yet the Obama administration has done so. According to the Los Angeles Times,
The country, roughly the size of France, has the highest incidence of maternal death in the world, one of the lowest rates of elementary school enrollment, and profound poverty, with more than 90% of the population surviving on less than a dollar a day and nearly 1 in 5 people chronically hungry, according to the United Nations; only about a third of the population has access to safe drinking water, and only a fourth are literate.
This is, indeed, a people who have nothing going for them, perhaps like the dodo of old, or maybe the dinosaurs. Nature takes care of its underachievers by extinction, yet the current US Administration has taken it upon itself to increase the interference with the earth and nature.
R. Barrie Walkley, the U.S. consul-general in Juba, seems to think that this is simply a game, although there are millions of dollars on the table, for sure.
"In a way, the poker game has just begun," said R. Barrie Walkley, the U.S. consul-general in Juba. The U.S., which helped broker the peace deal, gives South Sudan $300 million a year in development funds and $150 million in food aid, and is financing the building of the country's first paved highway, which will run from the capital to the border with Uganda and will cost $225 million.
The game is a lot more fun if you are playing it with someone else's money, of course. This is the kind of stakes that your tax money is being used for. The next time you look at your paystub, you should be very angry that the money being removed from your retirement funds is being sent to build a superhighway in the middle of a country that has no cars, no education, and no reason to exist.
(thanks L.A. Times, http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-south-sudan-independ... )