Thursday, September 01, 2005

America - You're Not Alone. International Community Wants To Help

Yesterday I started noticing some resentment around the blogsphere about the international community. Perhaps the offers came a tad late and perhaps they came alongside criticism of US policy, but they came nonetheless. It's possible that most nations thought the US, being so rich and powerful, can handle the crisis alone, and it probably can, but the offers are now on the table and help and monies are pledged - it never hurts to accept help from friends :)
My American friends, you're not alone. Everybody wants to help out (we'll leave some crazy extremists out of this).

  • International community offers help, prayers - The Pope, Chinese President, Red Cross Societies, EU, Britain, Germany, Russia and Venezuela
    Countries from Russia to Venezuela offered assistance for victims of Hurricane Katrina yesterday but said they will wait to hear from the United States what is needed before they send the aid.
  • Foreign governments line up to help after Katrina - Perhaps most important in the past two articles is Venezuela's offer to send cheap fuel.
    "The State Department said offers so far had come from Belgium, Canada, Russia, Japan, France, Germany, Britain, China, Australia, Jamaica, Honduras, Greece, Venezuela, the Organization of American States, NATO, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Greece, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, South Korea, Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a vocal critic of the United States, offered to send cheap fuel, humanitarian aid and relief workers to the disaster area.
  • EDITORIAL: Finding unity in tragedy - This is a newspaper from Thailand. People there didn't forget the US's helping hand. Now, they want to reciprocate.
    Thailand, both its government and people, should provide whatever assistance it can to aid the Americans. We still remember when the US government dispatched dozens of aeroplanes and thousands of soldiers, to help tsunami victims in Thailand and other Asian countries. Furthermore, Washington has pledged $950 million out of the estimated US$12 billion promised by all Western donors.

    The rest of the world that has benefited from American generosity should show solidarity with Americans who are now picking up the pieces.
  • And from CNN - World leaders offer sympathy, aid - We'll add France, Australia and Sri Lanka



Carter said...

Yeah, I probably shot my mouth off a little too soon, but the whole thing is just so damned frustrating! It's not like we couldn't see it coming.

Of course I owe apologies to those who have responded and thanks, as well. I will eat my crow with relish this time.

Melly said...

No apologies necessary Carter.
I was frustrated too.
I mean, I've been waiting to hear that too. I already complained about my own gov't taking their sweet time to offer help.
The wait was definitely frustrating and then to hear criticism on top of it all. Just maddening.

Carter said...

Well, Zette's right. It's time to put all that behind us now and think about doing whatever we can to help the people who need it.

This situation is a lesson to all of us. We think we're so high and mighty, but when Mother Nature gets angry, we're nothing but ants under Her boots. I think it would be appropriate to hang Ozymandias's sign over New Orleans: "Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair."

Melly said...

Couldn't agree with you more.

Anonymous said...

The whole situation is just so overwhelmingly sad and at times like this help is never soon enough is it?

Melly said...

Easywriter, you're right. It's never soon enough.
At least we're finally starting to see large steps taken.