There are many possible approaches to the problem and I agree with you both...education is extremely important, so is birth control.
The problem I have with most 'humanitarian' solutions is that they are religion based and they seem to feed them and encourage them to breed to add numbers to the flock.
And yes, my statement might be slightly hyperbolic, and actually my original statement was a bit blunt--but consider to whom it was originally intended and his original remark; but fear and religious belief are still the biggest deterrent to 'helping' poor and under developed countries and people. Usually only one part of the equation is offered thus never really solving the problem. And people are afraid of science--even in this country. So many problems with tainted meat and vegetables could easily (and safely) be prevented with irradiation, yet it is being rejected as a solution because unfounded fear. There are many examples of this.
And talk about population explosion in this country, and what parts of the country are leading the explosion--and you wonder where the tea baggers and right wing nuts come from.
I could go on, but I'm already afraid I'm going to be asked for cites.
OH, and Fishy, where were you this year!?!? I missed you at the eplaya meet-n-greet.