Reality Check:

November 20, 2008

Here’s some numbers for perspective.

“The United Nations World Food Program appealed more than two months ago for $140 million in donations so it would have enough money to feed the third of Zimbabweans in need — 4 million people — at the peak of the hunger season in the first three months of next year. But so far, the program has not yet gotten any firm commitments, said its spokesman, Richard Lee.” [NYT]

The US can spend $700 billion bailing out our financial system, $25 billion bailing out automakers, $12 billion a month fighting a needless war in Iraq; we can send $30 billion in aid to a country with a population smaller than that of New York City.

But a mere $140 million could feed FOUR MILLION people in Zimbabwe — and the UN can’t even get the $140 million it would need to feed those 4 million people.

What is wrong with that picture?

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