Friday, May 27, 2005

Absolute Power Corrupts

A couple of postings ago, I talked about the need to help with donations to help with poverty in under-developed countries. This morning in my local paper, there is news of King Mswati III of Swaziland taking a 11th bride with 12th and 13th on the way. This 36-year ruler of a country where a huge portion of his people lives in poverty has a lavish lifestyle with palaces, exotic and luxury cars, etc. He is well-educated but unfortunately has a very selfish personality. Here's an opportunity for him to use whatever wealth he has to help bring his country and citizens to a better life, he unfortunately decided that fulfilling his own egos and manhood is better. This has the making of a people's revolt.

The question remains to see what the other nations would do. Would you want your government to send aid to this country where the king basically will take the aid and use it for his end? This is cases where I would support efforts by the UN to ensure that such aid are directed to the people where affected.

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