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Thread #77363   Message #1379301
Posted By: NH Dave
15-Jan-05 - 01:43 AM
Thread Name: BS: Irony of Tsunami Relief
Subject: BS: Irony of Tsunami Relief
Listening to BBC Worldwide and Deutche Welle radios during the wee hours of the night, it seems that the US has already spent/provided much of its pledge to the victims of the tsunami. (This is over and above the carrier group whose helicopters are moving supplies from airheads, where conventional cargo planes drop their loads, into the rural and devastated areas where it is still needed, or the MASH type relief hospitals that have been erected by US military forces to stem the spread of and help treat the resultant flood borne diseases like cholera and dysentary.) So far, however, I have not heard anything indicating that ANY of the pan Arabic/Muslim countries have given or even offered any aid to these people, most of whom, at least in the Sumatra region, are Muslim.

   I find it odd or perhaps ironic that the country universally accorded the title, The Great Satan, seems to have done more for these people than any Muslim country of which I have heard. Further, the Tamils, a upstart Muslim group in these parts has actually hindered aid getting to their people, on the basis that it is not coming from or through their political groups(where it can be siphoned off for their own use). This, of course, while we are still engaged in action in Afghanistan and Iraq.