The Airing of Grievances
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
The Human Fund Can't Do It All
The relative tightfistedness of the United States in response to the tsunami in South Asia, highlighted yesterday by always-ahead-of-the-curve Cozmo, seems to be gaining some notice in the world-at-large.
$15 million and 21 planes of relief supplies are a good start, but really, what does it do? Not much, compared to the devastation caused. The hotel in the above picture will probably cost hundreds of thousands, if not millions, to repair and we haven't even begun to count the human and social costs. Multiple economies will be damaged and the private sector can't carry the load on its own. How much do I think is sufficient? Honestly, blank check these poor bastards. Divert a billion and change from our ham-handed efforts in Iraq. It'll do more good for us in the long run anyway.