The Unites States current system of sending aid to support international nations is flawed. The articles by writers Divakaruni and Javdani describe the fundamental issues behind international funding. Divakaruni writes about the implications of passing a bill to ban the buying of items made with child-labor, and Javdani offers an inside look at the broad implications of the Colombian drug trade into the United States. The United States, when determining international interactions, places American self-interests first. Divakaruni points out that Americans “make the error of evaluating situations in the rest of the world as though they were happening in this country”. This limited worldview makes other nations subservient to the needs of superpower America. The development of society needs to match how America looks and anything less than is wrong. Javdani provides an actual example this worldview and how to change that flawed system: “To begin to solve the problem, we need to understand what’s happening in drug-source countries, how the United States can and can’t help there, and what, instead, can be done at home”. However the articles differ in an interesting way. Both articles support American involvement to help cure injustices in their respective nations. Javdani argues America can eventually end the drug-trade with national support and regulations on drug trafficking. Divakaruni’s India faces a similar illegal trade, child labor, but she supports the industry. Divakaruni calls for the need for reform, but she claims child labor does more good than harm. Child labor allows for social movement and a path for families to get out of poverty. Could a similar evaluation be applied to Javdani’s situation? Does the drug trade supply industry? Are the harms of removing a nation’s major source of income greater than allowing for it to flourish?
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