Naive Mr Myers' is the final straw
Published 21/01/2010 | 05:00
I enjoy Kevin Myers' writings because they offer one a quaintly archaic view of the world. However, his latest piece ('Of course we must send aid to Haiti, even though we know most of it will be wasted', Irish Independent, January 19) was the last straw for me and I would respectfully suggest that Mr Myers re-examine both his self-indulgent beliefs and sloppy research.
Aside from his claim that aiding needy people in non-western countries is a pointless exercise, his latest column told us of Israel's goodness (his own words) with respect to the Haitian relief effort. Meanwhile, the nasty Arabs/Muslims/Wahhabists (he seems unable to settle on a single descriptive term for them) from Kuwait and so on did nothing. For good measure, he reminded the reader of (another familiar rant for him) how Africa is such a hopeless hellhole.
The naive Mr Myers appears unable to grasp that Israel performs high profile aid deliveries precisely to diminish the shocking images caused by their lack of "goodness" when dealing with the residents of the occupied territories.