Terrorism and community development
Imagine the possibility of investing in community development to prevent terrorism rather than bombing the same communities in response.
At a meeting of world leaders in Monterey in 2002, there was a concensus that poverty provides a seed bed of opportunity for extremist ideologies.
This story, written for the Charter for Compassion derives from a development proposal written soon after, to benefit the Tatars of Crimea:
"By leaving people in poverty, at risk of their lives due to lack of basic living essentials, we have stepped across the boundary of civilization. We have conceded that these people do not matter, are not important. Allowing them to starve to death, freeze to death, die from deprivation, or simply shooting them, is in the end exactly the same thing. Inflicting or allowing poverty on a group of people or an entire country is a formula for disaster."