Money reflects priorities, and priorities reflect values. Consider US Government expenditures to
- provide relief for the flooding in Pakistan: $0.076 billion
- support the Pakistan military since 2001: ~$12 billion
- fight the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan: ~$325 billion
Put another way:
The US government has in effect offered $3.80 for each of the 20 million people who’ve lost family members, food, clean water, homes, and livelihoods because of the floods. It’s spent 158 times that for military aid, much of which has not gone to fight terrorism, but to bolster a military dictatorship, to provide heavy weaponry that threatens India, and to benefit the US defense industry. It’s spent 4,276 times as much to fight a war that shows little prospect of winning hearts and minds, nor for ending terrorism.
(Of course, we may later spend more on flood relief; we could consider annual, rather than total costs; all of the numbers are contested estimates. But regardless of how you cut it, the differences are striking.)
Then we ask: Why don’t “they” love us and embrace our values?