EA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 14856 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2139 times:
Hey Blackbird - as I asked in another thread - what after-school programs, homeless shelters, or medical research grants would you like to take the money from to pay for this?
The U.S. is already the world's single largest contributor to disaster relief, with the vast majority of it coming not from the federal government, but from citizens donating to relief organizations like the American Red Cross, etc.
Trust me, they'll get FAR more than just the $30M the government has promised.
"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem - government IS the problem." - Ronald Reagan
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2120 times:
I did my share today. I donated 50USD. I know they need it more than I do.
I also donated. Today I was at my bank to pay-in the money I got for Christmas from my relatives. I transfered all to my account except of 20 EUR, this 20 EUR I have sent to UNICEF (I don't donate to churchly organisations) to help the victims of this tragedy.
Blackbird1331 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1905 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1978 times:
My point being was that we seem to have so much to support war, but need to beg during times of natural diasater. I am sure A.neters are of good stock and can make up their own minds when it comes to these kinds of decisions. It is the decision making process of the current administration that is being questioned.
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777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1936 times:
Because the Red Cross is not permitted to operate in Moslem countries. That "tolerant" religion requires that they do business as the Red Crescent.
Which is a bit of spin, really. In 1986 it was decided to call the organisation in Muslim countries the Red Crescent not because the Red Cross is banned, or not permitted to help in those countries, but to attempt to alleviate the confusion over whether the Red Cross is a religious organisation. In the midst of a humanitarian crisis, the last thing you want is for people to be wary of an aid organisation.
The countries don't require the organisation to be called the Red Crescent - the name has been around since 1929. I'm sure there are many people in the US and other Western countries who think the Red Cross is a Christian organisation, and would be wary to deal with, what they perceive to be, a Muslim Red Crescent.