CHESTER HAS MOVED!: Saudis Triple Aid; Canadian Buddhists Sell Their Temple

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Saudis Triple Aid; Canadian Buddhists Sell Their Temple

The Saudis are mandating a telethon. These folks selling their temple.


Blogger USMC_Vet said...

The selling of the temple is remarkable.

As for the rest of the governmental surges in contributions, I just cannot help but think of it as 'competitive Compassion'. Jan Egland coined the phrase perfectly, this time. However, he was not cynical but giddy. I am cynical.

I am about at saturation point with all of the monetary contributions and the one-up-manship of the 'next new highest bidder.' God bless those who need the help. But one cannot help but wonder how much these flurries of bidding wars are for Practical Relief and how much is for Public Relations (See how much we care? We care more than (fill in rival country here.)

I am with Diplomad. Who's boots are on the ground? Who's choppers are buzzing village to village?

And, while even Diplomad points to the primarily US/Aussie/Indian dirty-hands relief work, no one seems to be saying much of the indigeonous efforts. Pardon, but was all of Thailand under water? Or was it 3KM in-shore? I am certain that there are heroic eforts of Thai's, Sri Lankans, Indonesians. Let's here some of that rather than bordering on patting our own backs too much.

Lets differentiate our productive efforts from the counter-production of the UN. But be cautious of grand standing...

January 5, 2005 at 4:00 PM  

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