Thursday, September 1, 2005
FOREIGN AID
John's touched upon this in the comments, but I want to post about it. With this hurricane Katrina causing so much damage, it's going to take a lot of money to even begin to try to get things back to normal. That's what the Red Cross is here for, but that relies on the donations of citizens. Federal aid will go a long way, but still only so far. Some tend to think that because we're the richest country on the planet we'll be able to take care of this on our own. For the most part, that's true. But chances are the total dollar amount will be a lot higher than most think. I mean, New Orleans is gone. Which brings me to the point of this post. Foreign aid. I agree with John in saying that we won't get any. Don't be expecting countries like France, Germany, Iran or Japan to even offer to help. And I'm not talking only about money. I'm talking about rescue workers. When the earthquake hit Iran a couple of years back, we, America, were one of the first, if not the first, to send rescue workers, food, water and medicine to help out. Will Iran do the same for us? Sadly, no. When the tsunami hit the South Pacific, again, we, America, were one of the first, if not the first, to send rescue workers, food, water and medicine to help out. Will countries in the region do the same. No, and I don't think they should. They're still dealing with the after effects of their own disaster. But other countries could. We're going to need all the help we can get. They're talking maybe thousands dead in New Orleans alone. We have the rest of Louisiana and parts of Mississippi and Alabama that need help as well. Am I expecting even the offer of help for the rest of the world? No, but just that offer would be nice. However, I don't agree with John that we should stop sending aid when it's needed. Us sending doing what we do in situations like that, sending help to countries that hate us, is what makes us better than them. If we stop doing it, we're no better than they are. Okay Za or GRR, rip this post apart.

EDIT
I've been informed by Jake that the rest of the world does indeed have a heart. Read the comments. Color me shocked.
The Only Thing Necessary For Evil To Triumph
Is For Good Men To Do Nothing

11 comments:

Jake said...

Schroeder offers U.S. aid after hurricane Katrina
http://tinyurl.com/azyvu

Venezuela* Offers $1M, Oil, Food and Equipment for U.S. Victims of Hurricane Katrina
http://tinyurl.com/b2553

*****
GASP!

France May Mobilize Relief From Caribbean
http://tinyurl.com/82mec
*****

Saudi Arabia ready to help US after hurricane
http://tinyurl.com/bzy9j

Maybe if you right-wingers would join the rest of us in "Reality World", you'd see we are getting offers of assistance. Perhaps then, we wouldn't be doing this:

U.S. declines offer of Russian rescue plane for hurricane hit areas
http://tinyurl.com/dt5bx

*You know, that country who's leader (according to Pat Robertson and Chris) should be assassinated?

Christopher Lee said...

Well hot damn, the rest of the world grows a heart. I'm shocked.

Anonymous said...

I'am still against any and all foreign aid. Period. In any shape or form. Iam for keeping our own resources and money here for Americans.

Anonymous said...

So then John K, I assume you are against all that American money going to Iraq for the war and post war efforts?

And the rest of the poor and suffering in the world (and I mean poor! Our definition of poor in this country is considered rich in many countries!) can just keep on suffering - who cares? What a giving person you are John!

So - will you be taking time off to go down to the Katrina hit areas and volunteering your time to help out?

Anonymous said...

Yes Chris - the "offer" to help would be very nice, I agree. It shows a mature nation, a true world-peace offering, a caring people. But, we don't really need it. Between our government, and all of the volunteers and aid from donations - we will manage (or at least we *should*!). There will be many of the "haves" in this country who will not give or volunteer for the "have nots" - they are the ones we should be angry at, not the other countries who may be so poor or unable to give much to help us.

We all inhabit the same earth, just happened to be born in one country or another - not our choice. Therefore, a human being anywhere on the earth should be treated by us as one of our own. Because they are.

Anonymous said...

Grr..You can sit down and sing Cumbaya now.. or get off your ass and help Americans.

Greta (Hooah Wife) said...

The world does expect us to help and you point out something I did not know, that countries are offering help, but the MSM squashes that. This is going to be such a long project, hopefully we can expect help from others to rebuild in the not so distant future. After all, until New Orleans is cleaned up by those that know what they are doing, extra people may hinder the situation. We'll see what happens. You think China or North Korea will often aide?

Anonymous said...

Now that I have actually seen that some countries have offered aid (albiet 4 days after); I have reconsidered my position. It seems that my anger was misplaced and I'am greatful that some countries and governments have offered to help. Thank you.

Jake said...

From the excellent LGF Watch
http://lgfwatch.blogspot.com


Everybody hates America
That's why nobody's offering to help America in its hour of need.

Nobody, that is, except Israel, Belgium, Canada, Russia, Japan, France, Germany, Britain, China, Australia, Jamaica, Honduras, Greece, Venezuela, the Organization of American States, NATO, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates. And the United Nations.

And that's why nobody in the entertainment industry seems to care.

Nobody, that is, except Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Aaron Neville, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Mike Myers, Hilary Swank, Lindsay Lohan, Claire Danes, John Goodman, Eriq LaSalle, Eli Manning, Leonardo DiCaprio, Dave Matthews, and the Putumayo record label. And Celine Dion. And Ellen deGeneres and Nicolas Cage.

And that's why nobody in the MSM is doing anything to help.

Nobody, that is, except CBS, ABC, Fox, NBC, the WB and UPN networks, and MTV.

Why does everybody hate America?

Anonymous said...

That post on LGF that you are refering to was 4 days ago.

Christopher Lee said...

Boy Jake, talk about taking things out of context. That was written before they offered help.