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Tuesday, April 05, 2011


Humanitarian intervention

A little over a year ago there was a very real humanitarian crisis in Haiti (a crisis which continues to this day). Amount the U.S. government thought was appropriate to help solve this crisis? $219 million.

A little over two weeks ago, there were predictions of an impending humanitarian crisis in Libya, allegations that there would be widespread slaughter of civilians. Not an actual crisis, just a predicted (and definitely arguable, though you didn't find any such argumentation in the corporate media) one. How much money has the U.S. spent on that alleged impending humanitarian crisis? It was $550 million as of a week ago plus $4 million/day, adding up to $575 million and counting.

Is the U.S. really doing what it's doing in response to a humanitarian crisis? The numbers tell the story.

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