Originally Posted by ckblv
Countries, IMO, should not wait to be asked. How lame is that. do you think we wait to be asked?
Now, we were belittled for "not enough" aid, and "not soon enough" aid during the Tsunami. WE were there within 3 days but that wasn't soon enough.
If my memory is correct.
And ya know what, when a disaster of this magnitude happens the mindset of " bossy and controlling #1 superpower" is bull. This is people lives that have nothing whatsoever to do with govt foreign policy.
We give more than anyone else by far and I think we deserve some respect and some help. Not necessarily money, but manpower, equipment, anything.
Say what you will, but "they" know where we are when "they" need help but when we need help, "they" don't know our name.
And even so, the next time "they" need help we will still help "them", because 2 wrong don't make a right. But we are so rotten, yeah right. JMHO
Actually, if you want to see stats. on which country is most generous when it comes to offering financial need to developing countries:
Definition: The net official development assistance (ODA) from Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) nations to developing countries and multilateral organizations. ODA is defined as financial assistance that is concessional in character, has the main objective to promote economic development and welfare of the less developed countries (LDCs), and contains a grant element of at least 25%. The entry does not cover other official flows (OOF) or private flows. Per capita figures expressed per 1 population.
Country Description Amount
1. Luxembourg $313.71 per person
2. Norway $304.80 per person
3. Denmark $300.05 per person
4. Netherlands $243.79 per person
5. Sweden $188.85 per person
6. Switzerland $146.87 per person
7. Belgium $103.43 per person
8. France $89.02 per person
9. Finland $72.55 per person
10. Ireland $70.47 per person
11. United Kingdom $69.48 per person
12. Germany $67.93 per person
13. Austria $63.53 per person
14. Japan $62.00 per person
15. Canada $60.96 per person
16. Australia $44.49 per person
17. Spain $32.96 per person
18. Portugal $25.64 per person
19. New Zealand $24.70 per person
20. United States $23.33 per person
Source: CIA World Factbook, March 2005