Originally Posted by valanhb
Wow. That's harsh. That slant never even entered my mind...
Besides the tsunami in Indonesia, where has a worst natural disaster happened? OK, so it may not be physically affecting the whole country since this is a HUGE country, but this has devastated hundreds of square miles. There are, right now, 500,000 people from New Orleans alone who are essentially homeless. The governor of Mississippi said today that 90% of the buildings on the gulf coast of his state are destroyed. According to the banner headline on cnn.com, there are 78,000 people in shelters right now (there was no link so I don't know how inclusive that number is). There are thousands of people (again, in New Orleans alone because that is what is getting the most coverage) who are stuck on rooftops or wandering on the interstates because they have no where to go. Most have not eaten or drank in 2 days. It will take years to recover, if the area can ever recover at all. And this is minimal?
The US does, like it or not, respond to natural disasters around the world with aid, assistance and hard cash in most cases. Not necessarily because we have to, but because it's the right thing to do. Now we need some assistance to deal with this disaster.
Why is it there seems to be some who act like the US doesn't even deserve some help?