posted on Sep, 9 2005 @ 07:14 PM
As the world stood horrified in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the unthinkable happened. Long looked too when disasters struck abroad, American
needed help and the nations of the world big and small, poor and rich, came to her aid. Much can be said of this aid and the sincere offers of help
that have been pledged to our country. Others have set aside politics and years of open hostility to come to the aid of fellow humans in thier time of
For the first time since 1846 units of the Mexican Army are inside U.S territory bringing with them an invasion of water treatments plants and mobile
kitchens that can provide meals for up to 7000 people a day. More importantly they bring with them Doctors, nurses, and engineers that will be able to
make an immediate impact in the disaster zone. While help has come from our neighbor to the south, Canada our northernmost neighbor has also gone out
of its way to provide aid. From a search and rescue team that saved 199 people to planes from Air Canada, to Canadian warships off the coast packed
with supplies and more importantly helicopters. The aid from both countries has come on a myriad of levels.
NATO is sending ships and planes to help move in aid and shuttle victims out. This is above and beyond the oil, food, medicine, bedding, high speed
pumps that are already on its way here. The country that perhaps knows more about levee's and dikes, The Netherlands, is sending a team of engineers
to help in that critical area. The United Nations is also ramping ups its efforts to supply aid to the victims as well.
In the middle east Kuwait has pledged more than 500 million in assistance, Qatar and The UAE 100 million. The government of Iraq has pledged 1 million
dollars to do what it can as well. India and Bangladesh have also made cash pledges.
This list is by no means complete and represent just a token of the offers from the 96 countries making such gestures according to the state
In the sea of all this outpouring I do regret two things. The offers of aid from Cuba and Iran should have been taken up from. Just like the U.S.
mission to assist Iran during the devastation cause by the Bam quakes, accepting these offers from such long time foes, would not be a sign of
weakness, but perhaps they could open a door to foster better relations between our countries. In this aspect, I think the ball has been dropped
My family and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the offers of support that our country has received during this time of need. While I
can only speak for my family in this matter, I have no doubt that America as a whole share these sentiments.
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