Humanitarian Aid is a Bad Thing?

This is a little upsetting. Another one from the New Yorker: apparently humanitarian aid encourages atrocities in many cases. Because organizations like the Red Cross bring so many resources (money, skills, equipment) into a country, warlords sometimes feel encouraged to do more maiming and killing in order to attract humanitarian aid. The Red Cross even provided impartial assistance in Nazi death camps, apparently without ever telling of what they saw. According to Linda Polman, a Dutch journalist, Impartial humanitarian assistance wreaks unseen havoc in places enveloped by war. Great. Check out the article:
http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/atlarge/2010/10/11/101011crat_atlarge_gourevitch

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