Writing intermittently on life, politics, and society

Hearts and minds

In response to concerns about Islamist charities delivering aid to survivors of the floods the Pakistani government has said that it will restrict the activities of charities with ties to militant groups.

It makes sense that the governments of US and UK would want to generate goodwill in strategically significant countries by being out in front with the provision of humanitarian assistance in times of disaster. Aid is pretty much inextricable from foreign policy concerns, and they want to make it harder for militants to recruit and gain support.

It’s been quite fascinating to see US domestic politics produce rhetoric that runs counter to these foreign policy goals.

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