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August 22, 2013
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No sense of decency?

While the Egyptian military butchers its own people, we might wonder why American aid still flows in to that government.

A startling $1.3 billion of that aid consists of American weaponry. That is, our taxes bought Egypt killing machinery from Lockheed Martin ($259 million), Boeing ($23 million), Raytheon ($30 million), Goodrich ($11 million), U.S. Motor Works ($14.5 million) and others. This aid isn’t for what Americans usually support — fighting terrorism, feeding children, preventing malaria. It only helps Cairo bullies savage their fellow Egyptians … oh, and of course, it makes money for well-connected American war industries.

Business is business, of course, but does morality ever enter the equation anymore? If we were to pry Congress members temporarily from the lobbyists surrounding them, we could ask, as U.S. Army attorney Joseph Welch asked Sen. Joe McCarthy in 1954, “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”

Jeff Kane

Nevada City

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