<Quote>So Alicia your argument is that non-americans will refuse to make profit trading with americans unless US soldiers are holding guns to their heads ? ("Take the yankees money or we will shoot!")?! please. pray tell how did Japan become such a massive economic powerhouse with such a puny army then? very strange no? </Quote>Beans,That was not my argument. What I do not agree with is the notion that America or any country for that matter gives so called "aid" free of charge! If Chevron, Elf, Shell et al. are doing business with oppresive regimes and paying their corporate tax to their respective governments, then the governments are by proxy, party to that oppression. Likewise, selling arms to countries that can't feed their people is immoral. And lastly, exporting goods at will to 3rd world countries and then stopping them from doing the same isn't quite fair, is it. The IMF even conditionally lend money to some of these poor countries to not produce their own food, with the argument that such undertakings is not efficient or economical! Common, it may cost a lot to begin with, but eventually will be fine. Do we just want to keep feeding them and saying how greatly merciful we are? Your move, chief
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