Getting to the root of the problem
In a recent TIME magazine article, economist Jeffrey Sachs describes how extreme global poverty can be eliminated by the year 2025...!!
Interestingly, the U.S. seems to be the biggest culprit when it comes to not giving aide that was promised. To throw some numbers at you, the U.S. government will put $500 billion toward military spending, while only spending $16 million on world-wide poverty.
To wit, the U.S. is basically trying to get rid of a problem by attacking its symptoms (terrorism, for one), and not the root cause of those symptoms -- that being the extreme proverty that causes "global instability."
In a much lighter example, this was something my dad always told me about pulling weeds -- it's never enough to just take off the visible part of the weed, you have to extract its roots, or else it keeps on coming back, time after time.
This seems true in all life, doesn't it? Whether it's in the yard or around the globe, the only way to exact true and lasting change is to attack and solve a problem at its root. The cause, not the symptoms.