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Agree with Lion Heart

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Submitted by David S (United States), Jun 1, 2006 at 12:13

Thanks to Mr. Pipes for an informative article.

"Follow the money" -- Lion Heart has a point (at least that I'm drawing from his note) that certainly some of the answers to what's wrong with Africa and other "third world" regions will be found simply by asking, who's getting rich off of this? Didn't Arafat also have enormous sums of money in Swiss and other banks? Who's getting rich off of this?

Saying "the West" may not be at all an accurate answer. Finance, both above and below board, is a global, digitally advanced industry, involving China, Indonesia, Russia, the Middle East, and so on. We've learned little tidbits with things like the BCCI scandal. Why would it be so difficult to believe that such networks are in operation today, and that some of the moneyed dictators of the third world are in essence puppets? The problem is that few reporters have the knowledge or editorial management support to uncover such complex realities in a fair way (that is, outside of the wild-eyed conspiracy press and blogs).

Agreed that Mexico is a mess....was reported somewhere that 10 percent of Mexican nationals now live in the USA. Plus, something may soon have to be done to prevent that country from falling further into Narco/Chavez hands. Could prove a more urgent problem than Iran.

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