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Should the rich countries control the water

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Started: 6/10/2014 Category: Politics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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CHEESEE

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I think that the rich countries should control the water because they got the money by responsibility and they would be responsible enough to control the water too.
HauntedShadows

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I accept, and look forward to a good debate.

Firstly, just because a country is rich does not make them responsible. For example, think of the transatlantic slave trade - it made certain countries rich (in the monetary sense), but was it a responsible act? Just because a country has wealth does not mean they earned, or will use it responsibly - and in the same sense it cannot be said that a country with the power to "control the water" in another country will do so responsibly.

Secondly, the people in a given country should be able to choose what happens in regards to water, among other things. Democracy works on the principle of voting, and so the people of a (democratic) nation have the power to vote for what they believe in, and how they think the country should be run.

Finally, water is a necessity in life - without it there would be no life! Giving another country/organisation the power to 'play God'; controlling who gets water, and in what quantities would never end with perfectly satisfied people, and good results. A country hundreds, if not thousands of miles away would find it difficult to fully understand and incorporate ideas, beliefs (perhaps even culture) and other things such as terrain and environmental effects without a lot of time and money being spent to research into the above things. In other words, the people living in a certain country know more about it and where water is needed the most (etc) than someone halfway across the globe.

As a closing statement, I would like to point out that whilst some countries do help other nations, the extent of help suggested (complete control over the lives of another entire nation via the control of water) would add too much of an additional load onto any current government. As well as this, in light of recent financial upsets across the globe, (and not forgetting the ridiculously high quantity of responsibility that controlling the water supplies of one country onto another country would entail) the majority of countries would want financial aid to help cover the costs of the additional staff, and various other things (equipment, travel, construction etc). The countries would struggle to pay - and if they could; a) there is no reason they don't control their water themselves; and b) they then should also be classed as a "rich" country, and so your argument would not work.
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