Washington DC (Vocus/PRWEB) April 03, 2011
On Sunday NATO council members agreed to take control over military operations in Libya upholding a UN mandate of resolution 1973, which authorizes "all necessary measures" to protect civilians from the forces of dictator Muammar Gaddafi. A security council in the UN approved a no-fly zone over the embattled country setting in motion a multinational military intervention mostly lead by the US, Britain, and France, according to the associated press. Originally, President Obama said in his speech on Monday that he expected the handover to take place no later than Wednesday. But diplomats from NATO acknowledged that procedures for the handover are not fully complete yet, pushing the date back to Thursday. The non-profit sector in the US is keeping a close watch on what is yet to transpire in north Africa in the coming days, says Vincent Everett (CEO Works of Life International Ministries), because intervention on an international scale is bound to affect the lives of American citizens as well.
Everett has issued a public statement encouraging more leaders in the non-profit community to express their concerns over Obama's decision to carry out US military operations in Libya:
"Obama announced that international military operations are in the best interest of Libyan civilians," says the Works of Life Chief Executive. He continues, "The non-profit sector has the responsibility of providing assistant to victims of international turmoil and economic distress. It's next to impossible for US non-profits to mobilize resources in Libya because of international sanctions and other limitations caused by war. Nevertheless, in a global interdependent market, what happens in Libya will affect Americans living in the US. Works of Life is fully devoted to easing the price Americans have to pay because of foreign policies created in response to global crises."
With NATO set to assume formal control over international military operations in Libya, the US is meant to take more of a backseat in the war torn region, said President Obama on Monday. "This is an important juncture," says the Works of Life CEO, "Because the next few days will give us a good idea of the nature of US intervention in Libya. Our main focus is to protect the interests of Americans who might be negatively affected by the turmoil abroad."
Mr. Everett is referring to the possible economic ramifications of a prolonged US presence in yet another unstable country. Figures provided by the pentagon reveal that the cost to tax payers during the first week of US involvement in Libya is at least $600 million. Many Americans are justifiably wondering just how much they will have to contribute to fund yet another military campaign.
"Even if the coalition of military forces is predominantly a NATO project," says Director of Works of Life and With Causes Don Smith, "the big question we are facing now is what exactly is the role of the US in Libya from now on, and how much will tax payers have to hand over. So far the turmoil in Libya has caused gas prices to soar to over four dollars per gallon--it's hard to find anything cheaper. On top of this, we are looking at increased taxes based on an unforeseen Libyan government overthrow. We can't hide from it but Americans will see higher prices for necessary goods. This is where the non-profit sector is going to have to step up and face the problem of high prices and high taxes head on."
Works of Life and its affiliate With Causes charitable network are non-profit organizations with over a decade of experience in counterbalancing the negative by-products of US foreign policy.
Everett mentions, "It's all about helping the Donor in a time of economic distress as well as those less fortunate. Charitable assistance, especially in the wake of global crises, has to be seen as a system that doesn't rely on getting something for nothing. You can donate resources that you no longer wish to own anymore to provide charitable aid to worthy causes and receive tax benefits at the same time."
Works of Life accepts car donations, boat donations, real estate donations, and even aircraft donations to generate funding for many charitable works, including disaster relief and support for education in under resourced communities. The organization has recently been mentioned in Forbes magazine as well as USA Today because, according to Everett, "Our innovative way of doing charity is garnering a lot of support from literally thousands of donors across the US. This is the kind of activity that gets you noticed."
"The civil unrest in Libya has already caused crude oil to rise dramatically to a two-year high," adds Smith. He goes on, "Many boat and aircraft owners, and vehicle owners, don't see the point in keeping a machine that takes up so much fuel, especially since prices are continuing to escalate. If taxes increase, this could be even more devastating. The non-profit sector is meant to ease the burden on citizens who are experiencing economic and social distress due to national or international crises; you can help someone in need by donating an item you don't want anyway."
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