And Germany and the others are just as bad, too. As to be expected, the world’s richest countries are being chastised for not doing enough for the developing world again, whenever taking a break from chastising themselves about it, that is. Their crime this time is having pledged $60 billion for the treatment of AIDS and other diseases in the developing world during this year’s G8 summit in Heiligendamm, Germany.

Called a “huge step backwards,” by the World AIDS Campaign, for instance, this organization maintains that the Group of 8 failed even to live up to the commitments they made at their meeting in Scotland in 2005. “All the good first steps, all the hope of 2005 seemed to go down the drain today,” a spokesman said. And “poverty campaigner” Bob Geldof (he’s actually against it) has condemned leaders of the G8 nations for coming up with a deal for the developing world which he calls a “farce“.

But he also accidentally said something of interest here: “When richer nations so flagrantly view pledges as disposable, if they become too inconvenient, their ability to urge the leaders of the poorest countries to stick with difficult changes is much reduced.” I couldn’t agree more, sort of. Only I would say: “When poorer nations so flagrantly view pledges as disposable, if they become too convenient, their ability to urge the leaders of the richest countries to stick with difficult changes is much reduced.” But that’s just me.

Developing world spokesman have yet to be found who are willing to take a stand and credibly explain to us what has become of the massive commitments they have already received in the past. Or maybe nobody has bothered to look for them and ask them about it yet. How evil of us. What a farce. Or a huge step backward at the very least.

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