posted on Dec, 31 2004 @ 06:37 PM
Just to put things into perspective. The US originally set aside $35mill for the relief fund. Ok, now, take a look at how big the US is, how large its
economy is etc etc...pretty big isn't it.
Right, now, take Australia. Basically as soon as we heard about this, bam, $10mill towards the relief fund. A few days later, we'd upped that to
$25million, plus hercules aircraft, mobile hospitals / morgues, soldiers, virgin australia offered free plane trips back to australia for aussie
victims, not to mention all the charity organisations that basically flew over asap & started buying goods LOCALLY (as in, they took the money over to
indonesia etc and bought the goods there which was a very smart move) to help get people back on their feet. On top of that, within 1.5weeks of
starting a telethon, world vision raised almost $8million. Now that's not bad considering australia only has a population of what, 20million?
$350million does sound a bit more reasonable considering how large the US is (economically, population wise etc etc) and how much money is flowing
But anyway, don't forget that the main point is there are 127,000 dead, entire villages wiped out, entire families destroyed. While we sit here and
bitch about who's paying what, there are people dying, rotten bodies still floating around, millions without houses, food or water, and this isn't
due to civil war, it's due to a natural event, as such morally the entire human race is responsible for pitching in and helping their fellow man get
back on his feet in whatever way they can.