Archive for March, 2011

Gaddafi Upstages the UN and NATO

Posted in Al Quada, Arab, Britain, England, Europe, Human Rights, Insanity, Muslim, Security Council, Terrorism, UK, UN, United Nations, USA with tags , , , , , , , on 19/03/2011 by floroy1942

Say what you like about Gaddafi, but he is a wily old coyote! When the announcement was made about the UN backed no-fly zone, he immediately pulled a master stroke by announcing a ceasefire with the rebels, thereby successfully delaying any punitive action by NATO and Arab League forces.

Gaddafi The Cunning Fox!

This clever move has brought him a precious 24 hours in which to insert his troops into the outskirts of the city of Benghazi and other rebel held towns. Any intelligent person will now realise he has successfully cancelled out any chance of an attack on these forces, because to do so would mean attacking built-up areas with the huge risk of civilian casualties.

The People Of Benghazi

Gaddafi does not care if civilians are killed, but the world will roundly condemn any casualties caused by alliance troops, and terrorist groups like al Quada will use any mistakes made to foster anti-west feeling in the arab world. The UN decision was far too late to save the situation in Libya.

As I stated in my last post:

(https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2011/03/17/libya-the-great-betrayal/)

Had this decision for action been made even four days ago, Gaddafi’s troops would not have been in range of Benghazi and could easily have been stopped in their tracks. Now it is too late!

With his troops in the suburbs of the city, does anyone imagine for a minute that those forces will honour the ceasefire? Not on your life! They will not rest until every rebel in the city is dead or captured, unless help can be given to the protesters that does not entail bombing from the sky.

The 'Decision' Makers

Sure we can stop any overflights and bombings, and maybe even the artillery lined up outside the city, but that will do nothing to alleviate the pressures being put on the rebels by mercenaries and tanks already in the city streets.

From his own lips we have heard how ruthless he will be when it comes to dealing with the remnants of the rebel forces. There can be little doubt that despite all his protestations of innocence, it will be a massacre.

Dictators like Gaddafi do not take kindly to insurrection, as can be witnessed in Bahrain, Syria and Yemen for example. Any form of protest has quickly been put down by security forces with ‘no holds barred’.

Tank On The Streets Of Benghazi

I believe Gaddafi was caught totally unawares, and as Libya is so large it would be difficult to takes the necessary steps to quell unrest immediately. However, we now have a situation where the rebels are firmly established, but sadly, are being beaten by the African mercenaries hired by Gaddafi.

The Arab League has already stated that it will not accept foreign troops on Libyan soil, and this call has been echoed by the rebels themselves. So while being given a wide ranging mandate for the protection of civilians, it still ties the hands of the coalition when it comes to Gaddafi’s forces already in Benghazi and other rebel held towns along the coast. It quickly becomes evident that by pulling his ‘ceasefire’ trick, Gaddafi has upstaged the UN, the Arab League, and NATO.

Roy.

Related Posts:

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/an-enforced-libyan-no-fly-zone-is-it-wise/

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2011/03/12/the-un-europe-and-arab-league-on-libya-blah-blah-blah/

Update: Sunday 20/3/2011: Thanks to an overnight barrage of Tomahawk missiles on the air defence systems, and attacks on military hardware on the road to Benghazi, the attacks appear to have stopped. This is probably more a question of the soldiers themselves not wishing to face Tornado and Mirage jets sat in a steel coffin, than Gaddafi’s will to stop fighting. The latest news reports say that Gaddafi forces are now in the centre of Misratah as well as in Benghazi, so it remains to be seen what the Alliance can do to stop their attacks. This may prove a hard task, and will take some considerable time.

 

 

Libya – The Great Betrayal

Posted in Arab, Britain, Europe, Human Rights, Muslim, President, UK, UN, United Nations, USA with tags , , , , , , on 17/03/2011 by floroy1942

Once again the world has witnessed betrayal by the impotent United Nations. This great ideal of all nations united against evil, founded in 1945, has been seen, as so often in the past, to fail dismally in the face of adversity.

International Talk Shop - The UN Building in New York

When the Libyan crisis first broke weeks ago, talk began about assistance, and some countries like France, recognised the rebels internationally and called upon the dictator Gaddafi to step down. Then came the reemergence of Gaddafi’s power and the onslaught by his mercenaries and army upon the rebels with tanks, artillery and bombs. Most vocal in their condemnation were as usual the US, Europe and NATO, all of whom called for a no-fly zone to ground Gaddafi’s air force.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12740740

A Proud Boast That Cannot Be Enforced

The UN met and called for an end to the violence, which naturally enough fell on deaf ears. Meanwhile the western nations met again and again proclaiming in loud voices that the no-fly zone should be introduced, but again nothing! Although it must be said for all their good intentions, their hands were tied without the backing of a UN resolution and the approval of the Arab League of Nations (ALN).

As in the UN, the ALN talked and talked for more than a week before finally giving tacit approval to the measures last weekend. So back it goes to the UN and we are still waiting for an answer. Meanwhile, the rebels are being hammered into the ground by the African mercenaries and their backers, the Libyan armed forces. Gaddafi and his son are still defiant and claim the battle is almost won, and by the time the UN gets around to finally agreeing to the proposal it probably will be. You can be certain Gaddafi’s vengeance will be swift and merciless.

A Plea From The People

It has become synonymous with the UN that they can (a) never agree on anything, and (b) if they do, it is always too late. This international body, formed with such high ideals has become the laughing-stock of intelligent people across the world. Whenever one country takes aggressive action against another, or as in the case of Libya, a people rise up to fight for their freedom from oppression, all the members of the UN can do is ‘flap their jaws’.

It’s about time this body came to realise that in a crisis such as this, talking just doesn’t hack it and actions speak louder than words. I am tired of national representatives looking after their own interests ahead of the common good:- “Oh dear! We can’t vote for this motion because we buy oil from Gaddafi!” etc etc.

Blasted By Artillery, Bombed From Above!

Sometimes the problem is Russia and/or China, who to protect their own interests wield their veto. Russia will not approve an action because they sell arms to a particular nation, or China vetoes a resolution because she has economic or political interests in a country. In my view, the entire veto system should be scrapped, for it’s about time the UN was able to make and pass resolutions for the common good without this ‘roadblock’.

For the UN to work as originally intended, it is necessary for all nations to forget their own petty interests and concentrate on the good of all humanity in all countries. Aggression must be met by united resistance and not petty squabbling. The oppression of any people must be met with a firm resolve by all nations before it is too late.

A True Statement That Should Haunt The UN

I feel sorry for the people of Libya who want nothing more than to live in peace, free of their oppressive dictator. We have seen a wave of such rebellions in the past months where populations have shown their wish to be free. Unfortunately for the Libyans, their dictator has been made of sterner stuff than his compatriots. No dictator likes to lose his grip on power as can be evidenced around the world in countries like Bahrain, Iran and Zimbabwe to name but a few.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFzDUd9EIS4

There are still many more oppressive regimes, chief among them China, but also many in the making such as Venezuela, where Hugo Chavez is cementing his position of power for the future by changing the constitution in his favour. It is for sure the UN will eventually be called upon to arbitrate in many of these countries in the future when their people tire of being oppressed. I just hope by then it will be up to the task!

Roy.

Related posts by this author:

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/an-enforced-libyan-no-fly-zone-is-it-wise/

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2011/03/12/the-un-europe-and-arab-league-on-libya-blah-blah-blah/

Update: Thursday 17 March 22.00CET.

It seems there is finally good news from the UN as there should be a decision on the Libya debate in about another hour. Britain and France have said that initial action in supporting the rebels could perhaps begin tomorrow (Friday). Interesting to note that both Russia and China are expected to abstain during the vote, and will not exercise their veto rights. I guess international pressure has made them think again! Let us just hope it is not “too little too late”!

Ethnic Battle Moves Into The TV Studio

Posted in Britain, England, Equality, Free Speech, Germany, Government, Human Rights, Immigrants, Insanity, UK, USA with tags , , , , , on 15/03/2011 by floroy1942

Is there no end to the rabid stupidity of some people? Now we are confronted with an ethnicity battle over a popular TV series called Midsomer Murders.

A Long Running Series

A row developed when the producer and co-creator of the programme, Brian True-May, was asked during an interview why there were no ethnic minorities living in the village where the programme is set. His answer caused a furor, and to cap it all he was suspended by the production company All3Media.

Brian True-May Viilified

When questioned he stated; “We just don’t have ethnic minorities involved. Because it wouldn’t be the English village with them. It just wouldn’t work.” He added; “Suddenly we might be in Slough. Ironically, Causton (one of the main centres of population in the show) is supposed to be Slough. And if you went into Slough you wouldn’t see a white face there. “We’re the last bastion of ‘Englishness’ and I want to keep it that way.”

If you have ever seen the programme you will know just what he means. It is after all a crime series set in “a typical English Village” and for someone to suggest that there must be ethnic minorities is ridiculous.

Are we so far down the ‘politically correct’ road that we must now feature ethnic minorities in everything we do to reflect our ethnic diversity?

I suppose in the next Shakespeare play Romeo will have to be a Muslim and Juliet will have to be black!!!!! Perhaps someone will want to put on Swan Lake at the local Hippodrome and will be looking for a Pakistani woman for the lead role, complete with burka of course!!!!!!

Ethnic Diversity Levels

It galls me when these politically correct idiots get on their soap box and shout about how we, the English, should be changing the way we live and what we say to satisfy the immigrant population in our own country!!! But more sad, is the fact that ITV, the channel running the series were up in  arms about the remarks saying; “We are shocked and appalled at these personal comments by Brian True-May which are absolutely not shared by anyone at ITV.” Talk about ‘cover your ass’, or should it be, find an immigrant and kiss his ass!  It would seem the production company All3Media was forced to bow to the insane ramblings of these idiots and suspend Mr. True-May. They should tell the malcontents to ‘go get a life’!

It seems so hard for some English to understand that WE were here first, so why the hell should we bow down and kiss the behind of any foreigner who wants to come and live here.  The English have throughout history been slow to react to a threat (WW2 is a prime example) but eventually, when we do get off our collective backside which is usually at the last second, we fight like hell and no-one can put us down.

Ethnic Spread

Let me make it clear for the tenth time (before I am labelled a racist bigot) I welcome anyone who comes to our shores wishing to live here, provided they are willing to accept our laws and our way of life and culture, and do not try to change it from within.

I only hope the people can see where this kind of stupidity is leading and finally take a stand. It is time for the English to start putting these pompous idiots in their place and it should start with the government.

I don’t see the population of Germany, France, the USA or any other nation for that matter bowing down to these people, or sacrificing their culture and national identity to accommodate them. So why the hell should we?

End of rant!

Roy.

Should A Child Learn History?

Posted in Britain, Child Discipline, Children, England, English Schools, Government, Primary Education, Primary Schools, Teens, UK with tags , , , , on 14/03/2011 by floroy1942

It has recently been revealed by Ofsted that the English education system is once again failing our school children (no surprise there), this time by the state schools inability to teach history properly.

The report severely criticises the government for not setting the proper standards, and allowing schools to drop the subject when children reach the age of 13. This age is the lowest in Europe where all pupils continue with history lessons to the age of 15 or 16. Thank goodness this does not apply to independent schools who continue with the subject. State secondary schools on the other hand are squeezing history out of the curriculum in favour of ‘general humanities’ courses, where subjects like history and geography are clumped together.

This malaise in our education system is nothing new, for our children have had huge gaps in their learning for many years, initiated by the previous labour government. Ask any child or teenager about important dates in english history and all you get is a blank stare. The British have perhaps the richest history of any nation on earth, but our youth know next to nothing of it. It is no wonder we have such a lack of patriotism in the country among recent generations.

Magna Cart

History is the founding cornerstone of patriotism in any country, ask the Americans! No-one is more patriotic, and I can guarantee they have a solid knowledge of their history. Meanwhile, in Britain our children have never heard of the Magna Carta, and think that Cromwell won the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

Some schools have been accused of just ‘scratching the surface’ of the subject by skipping everything up to Henry VIII and then going on to Victorian Britain or WW2. Not surprisingly, this has led to a great amount of confusion among students who cannot fill in the gaps, and have no idea of the chronology of events. There is little doubt that the teaching profession has also been at fault here, for few teachers have an in-depth knowledge of our history, and if they don’t know much about it, how can the children learn properly?

Is This All We Can Feel Patriotic About?

It is indeed sad when the only event that brings forth patriotic fervour is a football match, for that is how it is today. We have lost all knowledge of our rich heritage, and indeed even respect for the Royal Family that was inbred in  earlier generations. In the sixties we were told: Be proud you are British!, but now that is all gone. we have been dehumanized by the failure of our education system and the current wave of pandering to the immigrants. It is sad when a German or Dutchman knows more about our history than the average ‘man in the street’.

There is little doubt that apart from the failings within the teaching profession, the previous government also has a lot to answer for. Apart from introducing legislation to prevent disciplining unruly pupils, they have successfully sabotaged the national curriculum in order to increase the pass-rates of exams.

Ever since the late sixties, early seventies we have seen a drastic decline in the standards of education in our young. This has in part been due to government interference in cutting back on ‘so-called’ less important topics like history, geography, physical education and religion. An ignoramus would ask;”Why do we need to know history or geography?”  Well! If you don’t know the answer to that there is no point in my telling you!

Failed By The System

For nations or people to be successful they need to know their roots and have pride in their nation and who they are. That is how countries grow and earn respect in the world, and not to forget the old adage: “Those who ignore the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat them!” The country needs to get back to a time when children are taught all they need to know and not just what some people consider ‘the important subjects’. Teachers should be required to have a thorough knowledge of their subject, and not ‘teach by rote’ from a textbook.

We have reached a stage in education where our children are leaving school semi-literate (4 out of 5 cannot spell correctly) and have a far lower standard than the immigrants flocking to our shores, so I ask you, who will run the country and have all the necessary skills for business in a decade or two? I leave you with that thought!

Roy.

You may be interested in my earlier post which is relevant to this subject:

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2011/03/05/young-people-today-unemployable/

Nuclear Power Demonstrations After Japan

Posted in Britain, Demonstration, Environment, Europe, Germany, Insanity, Modern World, Nuclear, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 13/03/2011 by floroy1942

I guess it was inevitable that the anti-nuclear lobby would be out demonstrating even before the dust had settled on the Japanese reactor  in Fukushima. Students were out in force in Germany yesterday, just a day after the disaster, demanding the shut down of all nuclear power plants in the country.

OK! But Give Us An Alternative

As soon as I saw the reports on the news, I remarked to my wife that while these people may demand an end to nuclear power, none have a workable suggestion to replace the electricity generating capacity of the nuclear plants. Passion is one thing, but common sense often dictates the reverse!

 Until man devises a safer way of satisfying the needs of our power-hungry society, we are stuck with what we have. It may not be ideal, and in certain circumstances i.e. when abused like Three-Mile Island and Chernobyl or a natural disaster as in Japan, things can go ‘pear shaped’. These are the risks we have to take.

There are those who say we should concentrate our attention on wind, solar and hydro-electric power or bio-fuels, but all are totally impractical on the scale required to satisfy our energy needs.

The Heart Of Our Power Generation

I have written often enough on the practicality of these alternatives and will therefore not go into detail again here. I just refer to you to a previous post on the subject, but suffice it to say, the alternatives listed are not a workable solution as a replacement for nuclear power:

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2010/11/09/germany-the-nuclear-dilemma/

Our biggest problem is the ever increasing demand for more and more electricity, and we have reached the stage where there is little or no spare capacity in many western countries. Our consumption rates are at an all-time high and increasing year on year. There has to come an end to our greed!

London’s Wasted Gigawatts

Take a look at the world’s major cities for example, and see how many office blocks and shop fronts are lit up at night like christmas trees, even though they are empty. Take another look at all the neon signs and advertisements that festoon our cities and ask yourself, can we continue in this way? It may look nice, but in real terms it is sheer unadulterated waste. Should this wastage be outlawed we could probably shut down several nuclear plants based purely on the energy savings. The problem is not nuclear power itself, but the selfish, arrogant use we make of what is generated!

Times Square New York- Watts In An Advert!

Now a new energy ‘gobbler’ is emerging on the market in the form of all-electric cars. For sure, they will help to solve the climate change problems but they are a hidden menace in the form of the demands they will make on our power generating capability. Can you for one second imagine the energy requirements of tens of millions of electric cars plugged into the net every night? On top of our ever-increasing demands for everything else, such an addition would overload our power grids within seconds. I have also covered this topic in a previous posts as follows:

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2009/12/19/future-transport-electric-hybrid-hydrogen-or-bio/

We have a saying in England: “You can’t have your cake and eat it!” Not very practical because what is the point of having cake if you can’t eat it, but never-the-less it makes a point. As a species, we cannot continue expanding our power requirements ‘Ad Infinitum’ and not expect a backlash. The fact is, we have to make good with what we have, and at the moment that is nuclear power, and distasteful as that is, we have no alternative! There is no quick fix for our energy needs until scientists unlock new forms of power generation, and that will take years.

Chernobyl- One Disaster Is Enough

Considering the risks attached to nuclear power generation it is perhaps more prudent to improve safety measures at the plants. No-one wants a repeat of Chernobyl, which was caused by human error and not an inerrant fault in the design, but as the Japanese situation has indicated, better safeguards are required to ensure a nuclear reactor can be quickly and safely shut down in the event of a natural disaster before over-heating becomes a factor.

The USA At Night From The ISS Station

The risk of a real atomic explosion is minuscule, but the possibility of the escape of radioactive material still causes concern. This needs to be addressed by the scientific community as an urgent priority. The general public should not be put at risk under any circumstances, for as we see at the moment, any incident involving nuclear power brings out the protesters. It would be nice if they could come up with a really workable alternative, but to date they can’t!

Each and every one of us can do our bit towards reducing the energy drain. Switch off the lights and other electrical appliances like the TV and video recorder when not needed, and use low energy bulbs wherever possible. In every home it may be a small thing, but collectively, it all adds up.

The World Hot Spots

Governments need to introduce laws that prevent entire office blocks and shops from being lit up at night when they are empty, and a curb on all the neon advertising could be introduced. Sounds impractical, and many will say a bit daft, but just for one moment imagine how much power would be saved. It will boggle your mind! If we continue to put so much pressure on our electricity generating companies, we may well be left with no choice but to take such measures.

Roy.

The UN, Europe and Arab League on Libya-Blah Blah Blah!

Posted in Arab, Britain, England, Europe, Germany, Government, Immigration, Muslim, Obama, Security Council, UK, United Nations, USA with tags , , , , on 12/03/2011 by floroy1942

How typical of all the world’s political bodies that they talk and talk while people are dying! The crisis in Libya has reached a stage where Gaddafi is openly using his aircraft, artillery and tanks to put down the uprising, and all the world’s politicians can do is ‘flap their lips’.

As in my previous post on the subject, ( https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/an-enforced-libyan-no-fly-zone-is-it-wise/)  I still believe there is little the USA and Europe can do without the backing of the UN, or at least the Arab League.

Against Mig FIghter-Bombers???

Even the UN, after its initial condemnation of Gaddafi’s reaction to the uprising, has remained silent, and only the US, NATO and Europe seem to care what is going on there.

YouTube – Britain, France and US plan Libya response.

Another group who have been silent during the whole saga is the Arab League. Saudi Arabia, perhaps the most capable military force among arab nations and one that has the capability to put a stop to Gaffafi, has restricted itself to worrying about the price of oil. They have restricted their response to issuing communiques to reassure the west they will increase production if required. Nothing useful on the Libyan crisis or the no-fly zone, it’s as if it isn’t happening, and that goes for other arab countries also.

At the moment they are talking about what to do but not doing anything constructive to stop it, just like the UN. To the best of my knowledge there does not even seem to have been any diplomatic contact with Gaddafi by the arab nations, although Gaddafi has sent one of his top generals to Egypt for consultation with the military rulers.

The world’s leaders seem to be united, up to a point, on the fact that the violence must stop, but so far as taking united action is concerned, forget it!. Meanwhile, people are dying on the ground and Europe is facing a huge refugee crisis.

For Gaza You Can Read Libya!!!

In this authors opinion, the only people who can stop the violence are the members of the Arab League, but at the same time they say they do not wish for foreign interference. It is after all an arab nation and an arab problem, but I suppose like politicians everywhere, they will sit on the fence until it is all over and the rebels are dead.

Arab League rejects foreign intervention in Libya – video | World news | guardian.co.uk.

Revenge Will Be Mine!

There can be little doubt in my mind that Gadaffi will exact a terrible revenge on his people once the fighting is over. I am convinced he will ‘clean house’ by exterminating all those who have opposed him, for he is a man capable of ruthlessness which will manifest itself. His mercenaries will be let loose on the common folk of the east and we will see a bloodbath and mass disappearances, certainly of anyone associated with the leaders of the uprising. I am sure it will be ‘no holds barred’ when the time comes.

No-one can doubt that victory will be his without international intervention, for the rebels cannot hope to sustain their campaign against the forces allied against them. It may be a matter of weeks, or even days before they fall before the onslaught of Gaddafi’s mercenary forces with their planes, tanks and artillery.

It all brings to mind the Warsaw Ghetto uprising during WW2, when the Russians halted their advance a few scant miles from the city while the Polish Resistance fought alone against a whole German Division and were massacred. More recently, the  methods used by Saddam Hussein to put down the Kurds can be compared.

YouTube – Kurdish Genocide – 1988 Thousands die in Halabja gas attack(BBC) — Massacre Halabja New Video. (Note: Not for the faint hearted)

Help Us!

If you stretch your mind to the Libyan situation after the crisis ends, in particular if it comes about by foreign intervention, we will see another set of problems. How can a people so divided as they are at present be united. The areas around Tripoli are staunch Gaddafi supporters, evidenced by their willingness to support him, while the rest are ardent opponents and want him gone. When two factions within a country are so opposed it will be difficult to unite them under any form of leadership. I can see bitter struggles developing between the two sides before peace returns to this North African nation.

In the meantime the UN and arab nations continue to prevaricate and the hands of countries willing to help are tied. I watch events with bated breath, and hope that someone, somewhere, will have the guts to make a swift decision to end the useless slaughter.

Roy.

Update: Saturday 12 March: 1800 CET.

The Arab League Nations

It has been announced today that the Arab League of nations has finally agreed to a no-fly zone for Libya. It has taken weeks of ‘chin wagging’, but finally the die is cast. The League also announced they are not in a position to enforce the no-fly zone themselves, but have by all accounts agreed that western nations could provide the air cover necessary.

The ball is now firmly in the hands of US, EU and NATO officials who must decide on when, how, and if such a thing is possible. The US had already said it is reluctant to begin such an exercise due to the risk of being embroiled in a long drawn-out war as in Iraq and Afghanistan, for to begin such an event will require attacks to knock-out Libya’s missile defences and airfields. Like you, I now wait for developments.

Billionaires Versus Poverty

Posted in Children, Health, Modern World with tags , , , , , , , on 12/03/2011 by floroy1942

The Forbes list of billionaires has just been released, and I cannot help but wonder if any of these people have a conscience. The list of billionaires country by country is getting longer every year, and the amount of wealth these few people have amassed is also growing at an alarming rate.

Carlos Slim-The World's Richest Man

Today, the world’s richest man is mexican telecom giant Carlos Slim with an estimated wealth of $74bn, an increase of 20.5% over the last year. Second place goes to Microsoft’s Bill Gates with $56bn with Warren Buffet of the Berkshire Hathaway Group coming in third with $50bn. I find it most distasteful that so much money can go to a single person when there are so many people starving in the world.

Let’s face it, for Carlos Slim, or any of them, to spend all their billions sensibly they would have to live at least two maybe three lifetimes and still would not use it all up. So if you have that much money, is it morally correct to amass such a fortune and do nothing with it but use it to get more?

Mexico Slum Area

Mexico too has a great many poor and deprived citizens, but if Mr. Slim would give $60 or $70bn it would go a long way in alleviating these problems, and he would still have more money than  he could spend in his lifetime. Certainly enough for the huge villas and a Ferrari for every day of the week.

I can only assume these people have only one real goal in life, and that is to make more money. The united wealth of the 790 confessed billionaires in the world ($2.6 trillion) could solve nearly all the hunger, sickness and poverty on earth, if they had more of a conscience. I could not be happy knowing that I had so much money and could not spend a great deal of it helping those who cannot help themselves, like the starving in Africa.

I fully realize that a billion dollars is not what it used to be, and it doesn’t buy as much, but $50-60-70bn. That’s a mountain of money in any currency.

Poverty In India

For example, India has millions of people living below the poverty line and yet, this country currently tops the world rankings for the number of billionaires at 23 with a combined wealth of $99bn. In all good conscience, I could not live with myself if I did nothing to spread my over-abundance of wealth with the needy.

Bill Gates-A Rich Philanthropist

From what I know, Bill Gates is the only one who is publicly making use of his money by helping those in dire need, a fact that moved him from 1st to 2nd place in the world rankings, and got him the James C Morgan Global Humanitarian Award in 2006. Since he retired as head of Microsoft he has used his accumulated wealth to provide technology that will help lift people out of poverty and I applaud him for it.

I have to wonder why more of these mega-rich people do not do the same. Its a shame more of them don’t have a feeling of guilt when they count their money. I know I would!

Roy.

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