SYRIA: The Angel's Job

The U.S. got a perfect illustration last week of just what, in practice, is involved in being a "good angel" to backward people (see above). Few countries in the world are more backward than Syria. Her people work the land with wooden plows as they did centuries ago; crops in even the best years barely provide subsistence living. Most peasants are sharecroppers, chronically in debt to moneylenders. Yet, potentially, Syria is a rich land, well able to support twice her present population. Proper irrigation would double her arable land. U.N. experts have drawn up plans for a pilot irrigation project:...

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