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Mr. Pipes , I have a solution

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Submitted by Debanjan Banerjee (India), Nov 8, 2011 at 10:41

Dear Dr. PIpes,

I have been an avid reader of Middle-eastern articles ... by people like you and David P Goldman in particular. Mr. Goldman recently pointed out that the most pressing problem in the Middle East is going to be food shortages which is a major cause behind these current movements termed as "Arab Spring" as I believe.

Now let me present a solution to you. As you are well aware of there are billions of dollars of Saudi and other gulf Arab state money lying and rotting in Western bank accounts. I want that these money should be spend to buy cultiviable lands in places like Australia and Canada and say like Southern Sudan where there are not too many people around to cultivate the lands. The necessary labor to cultivaite these lands should be imported from the countries like Egypt , Syria , Tunisia , Gaza etc where there are plenty of unemployed people who are ready to do less paying jobs.

The produce should be exported to countries like Egypt and Tunisia which are most in need of these food albeit with an affordable price. The profit should be shared between the individual investors and the host governments whose lands are being used. This is an win-win situation whereby the hungry and needy in Egypt will get cheap food as well as the host countries will get revenue from the profits as well as a potential source of consumers for the native industries.

To me this is an win-win situation which will prevent further downgrading of the whole situation. I would love to hear your views on this and please let me views be known to Mr. Goldman also. I would love to be heard from him about this particular issue. Please give me your views dear Dr. Pipes.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Thank you for the kind words.

Such a program is very much in place, though more in Sudan than in Canada, and arouses much controversy.

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