The rising chorus of demands on the part of the world's poorest nations may soon become the major diplomatic problem confronting the industrialized nations of the West and Japan. A recent series of international conferences has allowed the numerous have-not nations to renew their call for a "new world economic order," whereby much of the wealth of the industrial powers would be transferred to the "developing nations" of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Meetings of the International Monetary Fund. the World Bank, a group of 82 "non-aligned" nations, and the United Nations Special Assembly have all provided convenient forums for the Third World to air its belief that industrial nations should reduce their standard of living so the poor can raise theirs. To paraphrase the prophet Joel, the weak are now saying, "I am strong" (Joel 3:10).
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