Well, if you give them money, there’s a lot more things that they can do to put it to use, including “fighting terrorism” (hint,hint 😉 ). Plus, you can put stipulations on what they are/are-not allowed to do with the money.
I take it you have some problem with this whole arrangement CC? Countries ask us for things everyday, that doesn’t neccessarily mean we have to cater to them. :-?
i don’t “have a problem with this”. It’s just the ironic sad laugh that comes out when you see America funding another country (middle-east, strong Islamic ties, a population that does not appear to embrace America they way “they should”) to help them deal with terrorism. In my mind this might well be another term for “the cold war” or “Iran” in 10 years.