Aid That Does Not Help

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Syrian children wait in line for food at the Maiber al-Salam refugee camp.

Christopher J. Coyne's claim that almost all humanitarian projects are ill-conceived, ill-executed, and ill-advised cannot fail to affront. After all, many thousands of Americans rush to help people hit by natural disasters and other overwhelming events.

Nor will it please U.S. government officials who justify interventions—including military ones—as essential for democracy, free markets, and human rights.

Whether in countries torn by