Back during the Tsunami I spoke out against providing aid to Indonesia. People condemned me for my lack of humanity while I pointed out that the money would get diverted to a corrupt Islamic government and would fail to aid the general population. The following story is a good demonstration of what kind of evil a lot of that money would go to perpetrating.
"WHEN people around the world sent millions of pounds to help the stricken Indonesian province of Aceh after the tsunami of 2004, few could have imagined that their money would end up subsidising the lashing of women in public.
But militant Islamists have since imposed sharia law in Aceh and have cornered Indonesian government funds to organise a moral vigilante force that harasses women and stages frequent displays of humiliation and state-sanctioned violence.
International aid workers and Indonesian women’s organisations are now expressing dismay that the flow of foreign cash for reconstruction has allowed the government to spend scarce money on a new bureaucracy and religious police to enforce puritan laws, such as the compulsory wearing of headscarves.
“Who are these sharia police?” demanded Nurjannah Ismail, a lecturer at Aceh’s Ar-Raniri University. “They are men who, most of the time, are trying to send the message that their position is higher than women.”
In one town, Lhokseumawe, the authorities are even planning to impose a curfew on women — a move that social workers warn will force tsunami widows to quit night-time jobs as food sellers or waitresses and could drive them into prostitution.
None of that daunts the enthusiasts for sharia, who gather in droves whenever there is an opportunity to glory in its enforcement.
The scene is always the same, and it has been enacted at least 140 times in squares and market places in front of mosques, from the towering minarets of Banda Aceh, the provincial capital, to humble village places of worship.
The transgressor can be a man accused of gambling or drinking alcohol. But if it is a woman guilty of wearing “improper” clothing or being caught in proximity to a man, there is a particular ritual to the punishment.
She is dressed in white robes and veiled. Policemen escort her up on to a stage erected before a jeering crowd, which, witnesses say, is usually almost exclusively male.
Forced to kneel, the woman waits while a masked man ascends the platform. He is carrying a cane with a curved handle designed to give the inflictor of God’s punishment a better grip. From the loudspeakers, a man’s voice sonorously recites the appropriate religious chastisement. Then he begins to count. With each number, the cane descends with a vicious lash.
According to witnesses, male onlookers often roar in delight and hurl pious imprecations at the victims, working themselves up to a pitch of excitement.
In one collective punishment last summer, four women denounced for gambling were given between six and 10 lashes. One passed out as she was dragged off the stage.
Except that from Africa to Asia 'This' is exactly what is subsidizes. The price for getting aid through in totalitarian regimes involves bribes, kickbacks and payoffs to the authorities and in many cases letting them control the money outright. For every dollar that actually reaches someone in need, 99 dollars go to administrative expenses and to the waste, graft, bribery and kickbacks of dealing with the civil authorities.
When the money goes to the civil authorities it is used to build up the power of the bureaucracy and the state. Aid money buys guns, bullets and child soldiers in Africa. It buys smuggled luxury goods, goes to terrorists and funds Islamofascism in Muslim states.
After natural disasters, a Muslim country becomes a playground for Islamists who proclaim that it was caused by the wrath of Allah and the solution is the enforcement of Islamic practices. Despite the billions that were poured into Indonesia's disaster relief, the outcome was more hatred for America and Westerners; not less.