Thursday, January 06, 2005

Saudi Telethons

Meryl Yourish has an outstanding post on charity in the Kingdom of Saud. Embarrassed for only putting up $10 million for the tsunami victims, the Saudi's have upped their ante to $30 million, with the help of a nationwide telethon.

But it turns out that this isn't the first time the Saudis have dug deep for others. In 2003 they raised $11.5 million for Iraqis--and $109 million for Palestinian "martyrs."

It isn't that Islamists don't know how to give to a good cause. It's that they have very different ideas about which causes are good.

We would do well to remember this in the future.

1 comment:

Michael J. Totten said...

Kuwait, Qatar, and the UAE are donating 10 million, 10 million, and 20 million dollars respectively last I checked. That isn't chump-change when you consider that Kuwait and Qatar each have populations about the size of Des Moines, Iowa.

Any idea how much these countries have given to nasty "causes"? I imagine quite a bit less than Saudi Arabia, but I really don't know.