US aid is up to over 30 mil with more coming. I'd say his point-the first one-was anything but a "fair call."
Still lagging at least $10 million behind rightfully claiming that "greatest contributor" status
Errr... and Australia isn't part of the big, bad stingy West? Not trying to make a point here, besides "DON'T GENERALISE!"
Aloges, you Yanks and you Europeans like to bitch and gouge each others eyes out over who has the biggest dick. But it is at times like this that both yours dicks quickly shrivel up.
Someone mentioned above that these relief efforts take time. This is exactly the point. There is NO TIME. I don't think many people out there truly understand the gravity of the situation. You have tens of millions of people who are at dire risk of contracting diseases and the like, and those countries which are affected already have their resources stretched to the limit. In this day and age of when money talks and bullshit walks, the most important thing these nations need is MONEY. And they don't need it in 30 days time, or in 3 months or 6 months time. They needed it yesterday.
So yes Aloges, the US and the EU are being somewhat 'stingy'. The US and the EU is a lot 'richer' than Australia (and other countries), yet the amounts of immediate aid which have been announced are not so much as what they could be.
Oh and dvk, to get your head out of you know where, I am being critical of the US and EU, but in this case, am moreso against the EU, particularly countries such as Germany, which are only too happy to have it's citizens going to these countries as tourists and the like, but when required are giving basically pocket change.
Instead of assessing everything and going thru committees and other bureaucratic bullshit, which is only going to take huge amounts of time, why can't countries say "OK, this is what we can afford. If all the amount if required, no problem. If not, we'll take it back." -- much like what Japan has done. All aid from all countries is of course appreciated by these people, but in time-critical situations, it should be a bit more forthcoming than it has. Think about it, after 11 Sept 2001, it was only a matter of hours after the event that all these millions and millions of dollars and offers of specialist teams and the like were being pledged by governments from around the world. Yet, some how many days after the biggest disaster in recent years (in sheer numbers and countries affected), and it seems the aid is only dribbling in. I think that it is the gist of what this UN guy is getting at.