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Posted by: Anonymous Coward on December 10, 2006 03:57 AM
Have YOU ever been to the third-world? For more than a four day cruise? Are you one of those "world travelers" who once spent a month in some village on a church mission? Your assertion of short sightedness is both presumptuous and laughable.

I was born and raised in a third-world country. I have lived in four others since then and I have traveled extensively to more than a dozen so called third-world countries. In most of them, education, at least to the fourth form(high school) level, is provided free by the government and attendance is mandatory.

In these same countries many "under privileged" families have homes, stolen electricity, televisions, pirate satellite dishes, cell phones(!)and a few even have cars. ALL of these same people would greatly benefit from clean water, sewage/septic services, family planning education, affordable housing, farming education and more.

They may or may not receive some slight benefit from OLPC but, the previously mentioned things would benefit the majority of the people and in a much shorter term. Is that what you fee is being short sighted? Helping many people right now, versus possibly helping a few in the distant future.

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