It is a sad state of affairs when, as we learn from the Washington Post, that the U.S. government’s humanitarian relief agency will significantly scale back emergency food aid to some of the world’s poorest countries this year because of soaring global food prices, but there seems to be no limit on how many billions we can spend on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. When we stand before the final judgment of God or history or something else one might believe in, how is that going to go over?
“Sorry, God, I know we humans allowed hundreds of thousands of people to die of famine, malnutrition, and disease, but we had to use the money for warfare.” God (or future generations studying our era) will be sympathetic, right?
The Post article says that “USAID officials said that a 41 percent surge in prices for wheat, corn, rice and other cereals over the past six months has generated a $120 million budget shortfall that will force the agency to reduce emergency operations. That deficit is projected to rise to $200 million by year’s end. Prices have skyrocketed as more grains go to biofuel production or are consumed by such fast-emerging markets,” such as China. In 2007, USAID gave about 2.5 million tons of food, accounting for more than 50 percent of the emergency aid in a number of nations.
Thus, to save us from too much foreign oil dependence, we take our food to make fuel, which means we all pay more for the food and millions get nothing to eat. Is that fair/Christian/charitable/moral, or any of them?