Emperor Misha brutally fisks an article by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey in -- of all places -- Pravda criticising the rich of the world for starving the poor during the Christmas season. (If there's anyone who knows about starving the poor, it's the Russians.)

While hundreds of billions of dollars are spent on weapons, war, killing and destruction and countless more billions are spent on Christmas, the number of people starving in the world is increasing, instead of decreasing.

How is that even possible? Don't starving people eventually, you know, die? It doesn't seem like someone who's starving could survive long enough to reproduce, so unless there's some sort of rotation going on I don't understand how the number of starving people could actually be going up. Unless, of course, the pravda is that the use of the word is mere hyperbole.

While certain nations spend billions, not tens of billions but hundreds of billions of dollars on the destruction of the State of Iraq (and tens of thousands of its citizens, including innocent women and children), the number of starving in the world has increased by nearly 20 million since the mid 1990s, according to the report.

Is a certain newspaper advocating that a certain nation instead use its weapons to reduce the number of starving people?

Anyway, I don't need to go into more details about the article: the Emperor handles it quite nicely on his own. Let me just point out that the vast majority of foreign aid goes straight into the pockets of dictators and contributes nothing to the welfare of its intended recipients. Rather than helping the poor, most foreign aid actually props up the tyrannical regimes that spend every waking moment enriching themselves by oppressing the most miserable among us. Maybe Mr. Bancroft-Hinchey should consider that this Christmas millions of people in Iraq and Afghanistan will be finally free from the crushing yoke of fascism which was nurtured for years by his pathetic appeasement and that of his ilk.

History will judge you; indeed, it has already done so, though you fail to recognize it.

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