January 11, 2005 General 0

What is amazing is that the UN said the rich countries were being too stingy. What is interesting is that there is a blog from somebody on the ground and the UN is nowhere to be seen. Here is a blog i have been following. There are some absolutly stunning revelations on this blog like..”I see, however, no outpouring of support in most of the world’s countries. The oil-rich Arabs? Where are they? But most frustrating and even angering is the lack of concern exhibited by average and elite members of the societies most directly affected. This was driven home in the course of an interminable meeting a few days ago discussing some silly resolution or another calling on the UN to appoint a “Special Representative for Tsunami Relief.” A relatively senior Sri Lankan official leaned over and said to me, “Why do we want to bother with this? We all know you Americans will do everything.” A nice compliment, I suppose, but on reflection a sad commentary not only about the rest of the world but presumably about Sri Lanka, itself. One would expect the affected countries to take the lead in relief efforts. None of the most seriously affected countries (Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Maldives) is a dirt poor country; all have well-established governments and national identities.

In Jakarta, aside from flags at half-staff, we have seen no signs of mourning for the victims: while employees and dependents of the American embassy spent their holiday loading trucks and putting together medicine kits, the city’s inhabitants went ahead with New Year’s parties; nightclubs and shopping centers are full; and regular television programming continues. At least 120,000 of their fellow countrymen are dead, and Indonesians hardly talk about it, much less engage in massive charitable efforts. The exceptionally wealthy businessmen of the capital — and the country boasts several billionaires — haven’t made large donations to the cause of Sumatran relief; a few scattered NGOs have done a bit, but there are no well-organized drives to raise funds and supplies. We have seen nothing akin to what happened in the USA following the 9/11 atrocity, or the hurricanes in Florida of this past year.”

This is incredible. Now i understand why more and more folks here in my area are getting fed up with this. Some have curtailed or stopped their donations just for this reason. Sri Lanka, Indonesia and India all have well developed economies..why will they not help their own people?

O course when a disaster hit the United States where is the reciprocation? This just enforces my belief the US needs to pull back to its own borders and not be the world’s welfare system and Grand Protector.