From earthquakes to 9/11

7 09 2009

My opinion on your money being siphoned off to Hamas or to ‘terror cells’ is simple:

  • Giving money to international aid is always risky.
  • Not all the money will get there, you can be certain of that.
  • Not all of it will go where you’d expect it to go – you can be almost as certain of that.
  • But when it gets to the right place and is used in the right way it makes a big difference.

I’d also make the point that the charities alleged to have helped terrorist organisations are not big players and you are highly unlikely to have given them money: Interpal is small by aid agency standards (£3m expenditure) and Crescent Relief is miniscule (£70,000). Your only involvement is that your taxes subsidised them fractionally.

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