Saturday, May 06, 2006

Forbes published its list of the richest "Kings, queens and dictators". I do not know how reliable that list is, but according to the list the four wealthiest rulers in the world are all Muslims, and three of them are Arabs. Their combined fortune is about $ 74 billion, more than the annual state budget of Israel ( $57.8 billion ). I wonder how much of that amount is invested in the wellbeing of their Iraqi and Palestinian brothers and sisters. Of course the Palestinians' suffering is a result of more than just a lack of money, and I suppose that Western governments and business could do more to fight poverty all over the world, but for some reason I could not help wondering who invests more in the future of the peoples of the Middle East and Muslims worldwide, their own rulers and enterpreneurs, or the state and business leaders of the West.

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