Humanitarian Aid With Added Agendas Could Fuel Terrorism, Conflict
Daily Beast: You Can’t Kill Terrorism With Kindness or Aid That Comes With An Agenda
Alex Perry, author and foreign correspondent
“…Today many NGOs have all but totally surrendered their impartiality in favor of working with governments rather than outside them while also expanding their mission from narrowly defined assistance into policy areas more normally reserved for nation states. … [A]id’s power has come at the price of its independence. And once aid is political, once it is no longer a neutral, unequivocal good but an opinion or a strategy or even the means to execute a military campaign, it will find opponents. … Assistance tainted by a perception that it is something else entirely is no help in putting out the fires of terrorism. It can even fuel them…” (11/18).