Have western governments asked themselves the simple question, “Is the poverty in some of these countries contributing to or causing terrorism?”
The United Nations seems to think so. Or, at least that's what a recently released report -- The Inequality Predicament: Report on the World Social Situation 2005-- says.
According to the report, the growing violence associated with "national and international acts of terrorism" is the result of stark economic and social inequalities and competition over scarce resources.
It also points an accusatory finger at the allegedly harmful effects of market and trade liberalizations, privatization and private enterprise.
As an antidote to this, the United Nations predictably prescribes more foreign aid.
For example, earmark more foreign aid for frontline states in the war against terrorism. Countries like Afghanistan are desperately in need of infrastructure after decades of war. Foreign aid, if used to build basic capacity structures -- like roads, bridges, sanitation and power plants; the type of things that we in the developed world take for granted -- would greatly assist in stabilizing a country like Afghanistan.