Monday, December 18, 2006

Where your Disaster Relief Aid to Muslim Countries Really Goes

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.

Some say there are more “sharia police” than regular police on the local government payroll and that many of them are aggressive young men.

“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.

For international donors, who gave generously to end the nightmare of the tsunami, the next few months will pose hard choices. “Nobody intended our aid to subsidise this,” said one United Nations official."

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.


Lemon Lime Moon said...

Yes it was a foregone conclusion.

Keliata said...

As I always say, ask questions before sending any donation to any charity. Nobody wants blood on their hands.

Keliata said...

I have mixed feeling about donation to relief organizations in Africa as well. With all of the donations and numerous agencies you have to wonder why people are literally starving to death by the millions.

Strangely, this isn't a cause people like Madonna, Brad Pitt and Angelina Joulie choose to hightlight. Guess it's easier to buy--oops I mean adopt--an African baby or put out a song than publicize the corruption going on over there.

Would any celebrity publicly state that Muslims are responsible for a great deal of the misery in Africa? Never.

Itzhak Schier said...

Watch these Muslim countries learn from the Admou"r meCreedmoor and somehow set off natural disasters to get aid! They do not value life and are not above doing this - it's only the technical details that stop them.

Sultan Knish said...

a lot of aid has to do with

A. financing particular organizations

B. buffing up famous people's image

Little of the aid directed to Africa does any actual good. First of all very little of the aid makes it through and really helping Africa would require creating self-sufficiency, agriculture and jobs for the long term. That's not going to happen until there are stable governments. Aid packages at best keep some people alive. They do nothing more.

Yobeeone said...

I played it safe. I donated through Chabad of Thailand.

Keliata said...

Starvation, government corruption, AIDS, Muslim persecution, genocide, world indifference. These people don't have a chance. And all the while the UN would rather spend its time bashing Israel.

Oprah Winfrey smiles her way through a concentration camp lecturing on what we should learn about the holocaust and yet the situation in Africa, and at the root cause of most of the persecution in Africa, Asia, and the middle east.

Oh yes, let's all stroke the egos of the Muslims, let's not hold their feet to the fire. Let's all turn a blind eye to what is happening.

Keliata said...

(clarification--muslim persecution meaning muslims persecuting non-muslims, forcing them to convert, murdering, etc.)

What a sad state of humanity that when our natural instincts cry out to help in a crisis they must be tempered by the realization that our aid will in all probability end in needless suffering, misery, and death. For self preservation we cannot help people in need and must look on.

Yob, I'm glad they permitted Chabad to provide humanitarian aid, and didn't reject it outright as so many other countries do, especially when Israel tries to help.

No matter how many times the country and people are victimized they continue to keep their humanity, only to have it scorned and rejected.

It's enough to make you want to cry. It really is.

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