Fat Chance

Peter Bergen’s op-end piece in today’s New York Times asks why tsunami aid relief from Arab countries has been such a pittance.

The Persian Gulf countries that are reaping a bonanza from record oil prices should send a meaningful percentage of those windfall profits to their fellow Muslims devastated by the tsunami, rather than lining the pockets of their ruling families. After all, zakat, the giving of charity, is one of the five pillars of Islam.