Comments on: Pakistan and questions over foreign aid http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2011/05/13/pakistan-and-questions-over-foreign-aid/ Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:18:20 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Celeste Otiz http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2011/05/13/pakistan-and-questions-over-foreign-aid/#comment-3019 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 20:07:00 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=213#comment-3019 In truth, My partner and i decided not to anticipate something such as ipad device by Apple. . -= Aminul Islamic Sajib’s previous website… Yahoo and google Pr Current: AISajib. com is actually PR3! =-.

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By: hplar62 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2011/05/13/pakistan-and-questions-over-foreign-aid/#comment-2267 Fri, 02 Mar 2012 16:35:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=213#comment-2267 Doesn’t anyone in Congress have any Hutzpah?I am sick of reading about our servicemen being killed over this Koran issue and all we do is apologize.It’s time to cut out Afganistans Foreign Aid.It’s obviously not doing us any good.When are we going to wake up?

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By: spanner48 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2011/05/13/pakistan-and-questions-over-foreign-aid/#comment-1413 Mon, 16 May 2011 14:34:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=213#comment-1413 The core of this article is ”Why don’t they like us?”

Debusmann answers his own question: ”For decades, Washington has seen foreign assistance as an essential instrument of foreign policy, meant in part to positively influence attitudes abroad”.

For civilised countries, foreign aid is just that: AID. Not political influence-mongering. Countries like Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands give aid, but do not expect instant compliance with instructions from Berlin, Stockholm or the Hague in return. Aid recipients understand the difference.

Simple.

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By: cautious123 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2011/05/13/pakistan-and-questions-over-foreign-aid/#comment-1412 Mon, 16 May 2011 12:14:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=213#comment-1412 Most of our foreign aid is really bribes to dictators and oppressive governments. Why, for example, does Israel need $3 billion a year from the American taxpayer? It’s not a third world country and has a robust economy. It spends our tax money on its illegal Occupation and weapons to oppress Palestinians. Why should American taxpayers give our hard-earned money to that undemocratic country when we have so many pressing issues at home? We passed Civil Rights legislation in the 1960s, yet we give money to an apartheid country? Congress–stop these practices!

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By: kc4justice http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2011/05/13/pakistan-and-questions-over-foreign-aid/#comment-1411 Mon, 16 May 2011 10:00:49 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=213#comment-1411 America is the only country in the history of mankind that has used Nuclear weapons, invaded sovereign countries such as Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan and now Pakistan. The only country to have bases and agents all over the world through which it creates terrorists. Why is it always America? Places like Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghuraib prison and then you guys talk about Democracy and human rights… So you guys can have Nukes but no one else can??? Come on guys, this world is not your hollywood set nor it is your WWF ring, If you really want peace in this world, address the root problems or better just leave the rest of this world and mind your business. This world was a much safer place before Sept 11 and ever since the over reaction by the americans, no one is safe anymore. I am tired of these double standards and one sided stories, especially these pseudo intellectuals who believe everything their govt tells them. Wake up before its too late guys, I still think that the american people are the best in the world but this is changing fast. through thi constant fear and panic, even an ordinary american who was once open minded, loving and caring has become intolerant and vengeful towards the rest of the world. Please, we want our America back,

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By: gr8cocktail http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2011/05/13/pakistan-and-questions-over-foreign-aid/#comment-1410 Sat, 14 May 2011 22:00:12 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=213#comment-1410 “The government has a weak hold on power, the parliament is pissed, and the populace is strongly anti-American.”
a) Terrorists need to be destroyed
b) Terrorism needs to be destroyed
c) Country needs to remain intact
..phew … tall order…
While the counter terror measures will definitely take out ‘terrorists’, but only a pro-american public opinion can put an end to ‘terrorism’, and building such opinion will require lots of aid and development – So the marriage of convenience must continue and more aid should flow.
It might be worthwhile to disarm Pak of its WMD as well!

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By: Scriptfish http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2011/05/13/pakistan-and-questions-over-foreign-aid/#comment-1409 Sat, 14 May 2011 21:05:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=213#comment-1409 After all the shoddy merchandise the Chinese have sold Americans the past 25 years, I think it would be fitting if we could sell them Pakistan. It would certainly be a good deal for Pakistan: Pakistani society is fundamentally incompatible with democracy or even sound governance, and the Chinese will offer & expect neither. It could devolve into the brutal military dictatorship it was always meant to be, and is most comfortable being, and the Chinese would never pester them about “elections” or “civil rule”. The insane anarchy that has infected Pakistan in the last few decades of American naivete could be safely directed at the Chinese & their partners, and the rest of the world could perhaps be spared some of its vile outbursts, though I doubt you will ever see the Chinese admit as many Pakistani immigrants into their country as the US and Europe has–they aren’t *that* stupid.

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By: arkaine http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2011/05/13/pakistan-and-questions-over-foreign-aid/#comment-1408 Sat, 14 May 2011 20:31:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=213#comment-1408 I agree to Mr Bob_Andersen……. i doubt u are american? well kudoos and hats off to u for such open minded opinion….. we pakistanis have always been dumped by our US friends …… we have a lot of examples where a country serving american intersts dumped by americans when it needed help ….. dick said in his book” in the arena ” … “it pays to b enemy of america than to b a friend” here he qouted example of shah of iran who was american ally and what happend to him when he needed help . he wasnt welcomed in the US when exiled … he died in france i guess … pakistan faught war for US in afganistan .then america funded pakistan to create taliban(students of madrissas) to fight holy war… ussr disintegrated … .. and as usual US took a u turn and started to term taliban as terrorists …. mush was asked to tackle them which he did… and in return got suicidal attacks all over the country …its a long discussion.. well richard nixon was correct “it pays to be enemy of america” …and i forgot to mention … someone also mentioned that pakistan will be disintegrated .. maybe true but if pakistan is disintegrated then shockwave will travel to india which already is doin best to stop eastern states from fighting war of independance …these states will not be part of india if pakistan is disintegrated and this big bang will leave america without the only ally in the region to counter china …

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By: majkmushrm http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2011/05/13/pakistan-and-questions-over-foreign-aid/#comment-1407 Sat, 14 May 2011 15:57:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=213#comment-1407 Plausibly if we just gave the aid to these various countries, they would feel gratitude. However, (a) most of the aid comes with strings which allows the US to retain some control over it and (b) most of the aid is military which does the populace no good (indeed, may be propping up a regime despised by the populace).

However, you started talking about Pakistan specifically. The bin Laden incident may prove to be the bridge too far for the Pakistanis. Most of the Paki’s I’ve known have a very prickly sense of pride and I suspect that most of them realize that supporting the US’s GWOT has been bad news for Pakistan. They certainly have the capacity to stop American use of drones in their country and they are certainly in a position to tell us to get our war materiel into Afghanistan without going through Pakistan. The bad news for Pakistan is that much of their military equipment is American and they (as well as the Indians, and Iranians, and Lebanese, and …) know that the US is a very unreliable supplier unless you toe Washington’s line.

So it will be interesting to see how this plays out. The government has a weak hold on power, the parliament is pissed, and the populace is strongly anti-American. Things don’t look good.

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By: umarhadi http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2011/05/13/pakistan-and-questions-over-foreign-aid/#comment-1405 Sat, 14 May 2011 13:51:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=213#comment-1405 Ist of all the fact is that almost half of $1.5 Billion that Pakistan gets is not aid, its reimbursement for the services Pakistan provides for NATO troops, like the use of its ports, providing security to NATO trucks and some other stuff.
That laves less than billion a year in aid, and keeping in mind Pakistan’s 180 million people the aid amounts to around $8.00 a person per year. I dont know why media keeps on bringing the aid issue up.
Pakistan’s per capita income is $1050 per year, what difference really $8.00 make ??

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