Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 46 Posted (9 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2337 times:
To all fellow A-nutters:
I, Matt D would like to publicly announce my apologies for some of the comments I made in that 'other' thread. We all know which one it is, so there is no need to link to it.
The whole debate got started when someone asked a very simple question: "Where is the aid from other nations in our time of need"?
Some people were quick to point out that we 'don't need it' and 'we are capable of taking care of ourselves'. I countered back 'well a token gesture would be nice'.
And it quickly escalated into a very nasty nationalistic fight from there. Among some of the arrogant remarks I made were "you need us more than we need you." and so on.
Needless to say, what little remaining civility went out the window from there; although that's not to say that some of don't still have some valid points; all of us should be ashamed at ourselves at how we presented ourselves. There are thousands, if not millions of people suffering down there and we are bickering over who should or should not give aid. Very shallow on all of our parts, including mine. It was pretty obvious we were jumping the gun. Even now, we still don't know the full extent of the damage, which could take weeks or months.
In another ongoing thread, I made a comment that I would issue an apology if any other nations offered any aid. Well..click on the link below. They did.
And while you may not agree with what I say, no one can EVER accuse me of hypocrisy or not standing behind my word.
Anyone can come on and state a controversial opinion. And it takes guts to stand behind them. It takes even more guts, plus a lot of integrity to admit you were wrong and issue an apology.
Well, as I said, I'm a man of of my word. To all of you who may have felt insulted by some things I said, I as a "red" American offer the olive branch and my sincerest of apologies.
We thank everyone from everywhere for your thoughts, prayers, and yes. Your aid that we are probably able to provide ourselves.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39887 posts, RR: 74
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2301 times:
Thanks for the link. As expected, Israel gets TWO paragraphs regarding the undisclosed amount of money they are sending back to us. Nevermind the fact that 21 other nations that are bigger and more significant is also contributing.
Much thanks to Hugo Chavez and his government for the assistance as well as France, China, Canada, El Salvador, Mexico, Jamaica, Japan and all others that helped.
All the help is welcomed and I wish all the best to those who have suffered.
I just had to point out a bias that is so common in our press.
Braybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5731 posts, RR: 31
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2244 times:
Good for you! I understood where you were coming from but felt you might have been over-reacting. Understandable I suppose, and at least you have the guts and good manners to apologise. If only more people on a.net would take a leaf out of your book. While I didn't agree with you, I'm glad I didn't post any insulting or abusive comments. . . and, hey, if there was a local fundrasing effort for New Orleans, I probably WOULD contribute something after all. . .
Tbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2083 times:
Kudos to you.
Why didn't you choose to mention that Israel offered to send HUNDREDS of aid workers? Coming from a country of only six million, this is an impressive offer. Israel is always on the scene of disasters, whether its earthquakes in Turkey or Iran, or the tsunami in SE Asia. I know your position on Israel, but I feel the criticism this time is unwarranted.
Mrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1982 times:
Quoting Matt D (Thread starter): I, Matt D would like to publicly announce my apologies for some of the comments I made in that 'other' thread. We all know which one it is, so there is no need to link to it.
Quoting DL021 (Reply 1): Takes a man to apologize in public.
let me mention that you are one of 1 % of anetters who has the nuts to apologize. I will have a look at these comments, and if I felt offended, the apology is taken without prejudice, if I was not offended I think it is great what you have did here in this thread. I agree with Ian again, and Tracy Chapma,: "Sorry, is all that you can't say"
OYRJA From Denmark, joined Feb 2007, 78 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1903 times:
Gotta agree with the rest of the guys in here as well.
Even thoug its an internet site, it really takes a man to appologize like you did Matt. And personally I have always enjoyed reading most of your posts. So When I read the posts you wrote in those mentioned threads, I was like Daaamn. Did Matt D just have a case of Tourrets syndrome or what?
GoogleBoy From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1786 times:
Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 5): Good for you! I understood where you were coming from but felt you might have been over-reacting. Understandable I suppose, and at least you have the guts and good manners to apologise. If only more people on a.net would take a leaf out of your book. While I didn't agree with you, I'm glad I didn't post any insulting or abusive comments. . . and, hey, if there was a local fundrasing effort for New Orleans, I probably WOULD contribute something after all. . .
BrayBuddy: I feel the same way as you do. i.e. "If only more people on a.net would take a leaf out of your book"
Scamp From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1753 times:
Well, you certainly earned my respect. I found amusing a letter to the editor of USA Today from a guy who said he thought that some of the oil-rich nations should drop the price of oil as a way of helping out. How convenient of him to overlook the fact that oil companies are making billions in profits. But, hey! Let's not let the money-sucking whore fat cats suffer their portfolios.