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USA Is Asking Other Countries For Help!

Fri Sep 02, 2005 4:10 am

US gvmt have asked other countries to help with the rescue in New Orleans and other areas effected of the the disaster.

Sweden will send help when more info comes what is needed.
 
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 4:20 am

This is a chance for all the countries over the decades that the US has come to the aid of to return the favour. I applaud the US gov't for asking for help rather that some stupid russian style national pride preventing them from doing so. I hope all countries will do what they can to ease the unprecedented suffering in the west displayed by people on the Gulf coast.

[Edited 2005-09-01 21:38:04]
 
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 4:23 am

Quoting FlyLondon (Reply 1):
US has come to the aid of to return the failure

Come on, we didn't screw things up that bad.  Wink
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 4:30 am

According to BBC radio today, some voluntary and military assets were mobilised from the UK almost immediately, including search and rescue teams who have extensive experience.They were also broadcasting website addresses where donations can be made, such as the Red Cross.

It's difficult at the moment as anything of volume is obviously an issue which needs a bit of planning and thought, but the important stuff was offered and made ready almost at the minute the scale of what happened became clear.

I know some search and rescue volunteers who do stuff like cave rescues and floods who have been put on notice that they could be going very soon as those skills will be invaluable. Forensics will be another area which becomes important as time progresses, and the dead need to be identified. Many nations can contribute some help in numbers of qualified forensic pathologists as the immediate problems are got out of the way.

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RE: USA Is Asking Other Countries For Help!

Fri Sep 02, 2005 4:31 am

Quoting Bofredrik (Thread starter):
US gvmt have asked other countries to help with the rescue in New Orleans and other areas effected of the the disaster.

Do you know what has been requested? I'm betting on Search & Rescue and Collapse teams, especially teams with dogs.
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RE: USA Is Asking Other Countries For Help!

Fri Sep 02, 2005 4:37 am

Quoting SATL382G (Reply 4):
Do you know what has been requested? I'm betting on Search & Rescue and Collapse teams, especially teams with dogs.

A specific request was made to NL for experts in water management. They are being mobilised and will be going shortly from what I understand.
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RE: USA Is Asking Other Countries For Help!

Fri Sep 02, 2005 4:39 am

Quoting SATL382G (Reply 4):
Do you know what has been requested?

No, i do not know in specific.
But here is a link to our Rescue Service homepage in english:

http://www.srv.se/templates/SRV_Page____622.aspx

They have mobile hospitals and a lot of special cars & trucks and ofcourse special trained dogs to find people under destroyed houses etc. Another thing that they do is to set up water cleaning machines.

[Edited 2005-09-01 21:41:39]
 
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RE: USA Is Asking Other Countries For Help!

Fri Sep 02, 2005 4:42 am

Quoting FlyLondon (Reply 1):
US has come to the aid of to return the failure

Come on, we didn't screw things up that bad.


Freudian slip there!
 
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RE: USA Is Asking Other Countries For Help!

Fri Sep 02, 2005 4:42 am

Quoting FlyLondon (Reply 1):
This is a chance for all the countries over the decades that the US has come to the aid of to return the failure. I applaud the US gov't for asking for help rather that some stupid russian style national pride preventing them from doing so.

Indeed! I worried a bit that the administration might follow the (former) Russian path, but if Bofrederik is right (where is the link?), there is no reason for that thought anymore.

Edit: Again, where was the link to the news?

[Edited 2005-09-01 21:44:09]
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 4:46 am

Quoting Bofredrik (Thread starter):
US gvmt have asked other countries to help with the rescue in New Orleans and other areas effected of the the disaster.

Could you provide a source for that info?

As far as I know, the Bush Government has NOT asked international help although other nations have offered such help:

"Q It's search and rescue now, and in a very few days it's probably going to start shifting to search and recovery, sadly, so clearly, there's urgency now. Have you considered making a request for international aid? Has it been considered getting -- from all the states, or even co-opting domestic airlines to get them to evacuate people or to bring --

MR. McCLELLAN: I'm not talking about any specific area. Again, this is something that is probably a question best directed to the Department of Homeland Security at one of their briefings, when you're looking at some of these issues. But I don't think we're ruling things out at this point, I mean, in terms of any area. In terms of requests from -- or in terms of assistance from other nations, as I just indicated earlier today, we are open to all offers of assistance from other nations and --

Q Is that a request? Would you put that into a form of a request?

MR. McCLELLAN: -- I would expect we would take people up on offers of assistance when it's necessary.

Q So that is a request? You are requesting international aid?

MR. McCLELLAN: No. I mean, I think that a lot of nations have offered assistance. I don't know of any particular request that I have to update you on at this point. And the point I think I'm making is that we're not ruling things out, so whenever you're looking at any area to help with the response and recovery efforts, you always want to consider all your options that are available.

And so I don't know -- the President talked earlier today when he was asked about -- I think it was about Saudi Arabia, and he said he was confident Saudi Arabia would provide what assistance they could when it came to the energy supply. But of course, he talked about how their capacity was limited. There are a lot of ways people can help. And certainly, we're going to look at those offers and take people up on those offers, I would expect.

Q Isn't the time, though, now in terms of getting people out alive, maybe getting rescuers in, whereas in some days' time it may only be money or body recovery?

MR. McCLELLAN: I'm sorry, as in --

Q The time now to request international aid, international --

MR. McCLELLAN: There's a lot of assistance coming in. And I think some have offered already offered assistance in different ways, so I don't think that the way you characterize it is necessarily the way I would look at it.
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http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/09/20050901-2.html

"Canadian Forces are on standby to help the United States deal with the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, Chief of Defence Staff General Rick Hillier announced Thursday.

Gen. Hillier said he spoke with his counterparts in the U.S., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard Myers and commander of the U.S. Northern Command.

"Whenever there is a need ... they have but to ask and we in the Canadian Forces will have it rolling or sailing or flying southward as quickly as possible," he told reporters in Ottawa.
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 4:48 am

Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 3):
They were also broadcasting website addresses where donations can be made, such as the Red Cross.

And Birmingham based charity Islamic Relief.

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RE: USA Is Asking Other Countries For Help!

Fri Sep 02, 2005 4:56 am

Quoting SATL382G (Reply 4):
Do you know what has been requested? I'm betting on Search & Rescue and Collapse teams, especially teams with dogs.

This was announced yesterday. Canadian Forces today had offered several units, including Disaster Response Team (DART).

B.C. RESCUE TEAM TO HELP VICTIMS OF HURRICANE KATRINA

VICTORIA - British Columbia is sending the Vancouver-based Heavy Urban
Search and Rescue (HUSAR) team to Louisiana to help in the wake of Hurricane
Katrina, Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John Les announced
today.

"We first offered our assistance yesterday and got a call late this
afternoon from the State of Louisiana that the team was needed," said Les.
"We are deeply moved by the extent of Hurricane Katrina's devastation, and
we know that the specialized HUSAR team will greatly assist
search-and-rescue efforts in some of the hardest-hit communities in that
state."

The 41-member team will leave Vancouver's South Terminal at 8 p.m. tonight
on a direct charter flight to Lafayette, Louisiana. They will be met by
Louisiana State Police, who are co-ordinating response and recovery
logistics.

Vancouver HUSAR includes 45 highly trained members who are able to conduct
rescue operations in a variety of challenging situations, including at
collapsed building sites and in fast-flowing water. Team members include:
* 32 search-and-rescue specialists;
* Two doctors and 12 paramedics;
* Four search dogs;
* Two structural engineers; and
* Eight hazardous materials technicians.

"This team of dedicated professionals has been training for 10 years for an
event of this magnitude," said Les. "The Province's response to Louisiana's
call for help will be the team's first international deployment."
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RE: USA Is Asking Other Countries For Help!

Fri Sep 02, 2005 4:59 am

The only news-item I've found on non-US assistance being allowed to operate is about a Canadian team flying to the area "after officials in Louisiana asked for help." http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNew...na_template_050831?s_name=&no_ads=

I simply can't imagine this Bush Administration would commit a giant flip-flop in the form of Scottie McClellan stating in todays' White House Press Conference the Administration in NOT asking for international aid only to reverse that statement not much later.

If we had Bofredrik's source to this info, we could assess what was said (and by whom) for ourselves. As long as he fails to do so, the title of this thread is either misleading or completely false. Pitty.
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 5:34 am

Quoting Schoenorama (Reply 12):
I simply can't imagine this Bush Administration would commit a giant flip-flop in the form of Scottie McClellan stating in todays' White House Press Conference the Administration in NOT asking for international aid only to reverse that statement not much later.

After reading McClellan's comments, I think he left himself lots of wiggle room to accommodate whatever decision is made/changed in the days to come. Is anyone really going to get bent out of shape if the US formally asks for help? I mean, c'mon -- this kind of natural disaster is unparalleled in modern US history.
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RE: USA Is Asking Other Countries For Help!

Fri Sep 02, 2005 5:35 am

Quoting Bofredrik (Reply 6):

No, i do not know in specific.
But here is a link to our Rescue Service homepage in english:

http://www.srv.se/templates/SRV_Page____622.aspx

They have mobile hospitals and a lot of special cars & trucks and ofcourse special trained dogs to find people under destroyed houses etc. Another thing that they do is to set up water cleaning machines.

But there isn't any information about that on that site??? Where did you get that information
 
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 6:01 am

Well, I for one would like to thank all of the nations that have generously offered their assistance and expertise in this time of unparalleled tragedy. It's appreciated more than you can know.
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 6:11 am

Wasn't there a snarky, whiny thread in the past couple of days about countries not offering the US any aid?
 
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 6:17 am

Quoting Johnboy (Reply 17):
Wasn't there a snarky, whiny thread in the past couple of days about countries not offering the US any aid?

Yes, let's move past that. To aiding countries, thanks. It's awesome to see that we can be humane in this mundane world.
 
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 6:19 am

Quoting Johnboy (Reply 17):
Wasn't there a snarky, whiny thread in the past couple of days about countries not offering the US any aid?

Yes (although not by me), probably because at that time none had been offered.

Now that it has - regardless of whether or not the Administration is wise enough to take the other nations up on their generous offer - all U.S. citizens should be thankful and grateful for the generosity of other countries willing to pitch in.
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 6:19 am

For all those who will come and help, I say thank you!
 
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 6:20 am

If any other nation comes forward, I will issue a full apology for my comments in the other thread.
 
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 6:38 am

Quoting Matt D (Reply 21):
If any other nation comes forward, I will issue a full apology for my comments in the other thread.

Many nations ALREADY HAVE come forward. For now US autorities are not accepting any help because they can handle it. Rest assured, the minute the US asks for help it will come. In various nations specialists (search teams, forensic experts, water engineers) are already placed on alert that they may be going to the US on short notice.
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 6:40 am

Quoting Matt D (Reply 21):
If any other nation comes forward, I will issue a full apology for my comments in the other thread.

Jacques Chirac, who offered the USA "anything you need, just ask" in a widely reported letter which began 'dear George'. One of the first to make a public offer of any assistance they can provide.
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 6:51 am

According to Spiegel, more than 20 countries have already offered help. Among them are wealthier nations and traditional allies like Japan and Germany as well as comparatively poor and critical countries like Venezuela.
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 7:00 am

Quoting Matt D (Reply 21):
If any other nation comes forward, I will issue a full apology for my comments in the other thread.

Matt, FYI: international crisis assistance is by and large handled through neutral international organisations such as the International Red Cross/Crescent. This is for one particular reason: a direct governmental involvement could be interpreted as an unwanted political interference. The IRC has pledged to not taking sides in conflict areas and enjoys a special non-aggressor status in the rules of warfare.
 
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 7:03 am

Quoting Agill (Reply 15):
But there isn't any information about that on that site??? Where did you get that information

I know that from other rescues that they have done.
 
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 7:06 am

Quoting Matt D (Reply 21):
If any other nation comes forward, I will issue a full apology for my comments in the other thread.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9161198/

Quote:
WASHINGTON - In a dramatic turnabout, the United States is now on the receiving end of help from around the world as some two dozen countries offer post-hurricane assistance...

...Offers have been received from Russia, Japan, Canada, France, Honduras, Germany, Venezuela, Jamaica, Australia, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Greece, Hungary, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, China, South Korea, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, NATO and the Organization of American States, the spokesman said.

Looks like they are helping, and it is nice to know that they are. Thanks world!
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 7:07 am

Quoting Schoenorama (Reply 9):
Could you provide a source for that info?

I read from text-tv just now but it is in swedish so... But it say that "The White House has tonight asked for help from other countries".

20 countries have so far offered help, Canada, Japan, Sweden, UK etc.
 
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 7:25 am

To all the individuals and nations who offer help, thank you.
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 7:33 am

Quoting Mdsh00 (Reply 27):
Quote:
WASHINGTON - In a dramatic turnabout, the United States is now on the receiving end of help from around the world as some two dozen countries offer post-hurricane assistance...

...Offers have been received from Russia, Japan, Canada, France, Honduras, Germany, Venezuela, Jamaica, Australia, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Greece, Hungary, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, China, South Korea, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, NATO and the Organization of American States, the spokesman said.

In the list Italy is not included, so here it is:

ROME (AP)--Italy has offered to send aid to the U.S. and has readied two military transport planes to carry supplies and personnel to New Orleans or other areas hit by Hurricane Katrina, Italy's Civil Protection said Thursday.

Italy's aid effort would include pumps, generators, amphibious crafts, tents, as well as experts in managing and assisting evacuees, the Civil Protection said in a statement.

Civil Protection Chief Guido Bertolaso was in contact with Michael D. Brown, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to work out the details of the possible operation, the statement said.

After coming ashore Monday, Hurricane Katrina has desolated communities in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama, flooding most of New Orleans and possibly leaving hundreds of people dead.

Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi Wednesday sent a message of condolences to U.S. President George W. Bush expressing his sorrow "for the loss of so many human lives, the suffering of the population, the serious material damages in areas of the United States renowned for their beauty and for the creativity of their inhabitants."

Premier Silvio Berlusconi, a close Bush ally, also sent the U.S. president a message of condolence.

[Edited 2005-09-02 00:34:45]
 
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 7:45 am

Quoting Matt D (Reply 21):
If any other nation comes forward, I will issue a full apology for my comments in the other
thread.

I don't think any apology from someone like you should be taken very seriously. Your statement above only helps to solidify my view. You willingly jumped to absurd conclusions, made outlandish accusations without substance or provocation and then expected those who disagreed with you to do all the homework. Now you're apparently getting ready to jump onto the next random bandwagon. Do you ever actually think anything through before you mouth-off to others?
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 7:46 am

Add Guatemala to the list too...

http://www.europapress.es/europa2003...x?cod=20050901030320&tabID=1&ch=69 (sorry, in Spanish)
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 7:58 am

Its really heartwarming to see such a worldwide outpouring of support for the victims of Katrina. Even countries devastated by the Tsunami, who can't really afford to spare very much have offered assistance. There's really hope for this planet afterall. It's just sad that it takes a tragedy of this magnitude to make folks come together.

Thanks to all those who are rushing logistical support to the region. These folks need all the help they can get.
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 11:46 am

Saw former Presidents Bush and Clinton on CNN today, and Mr. Clinton said that some of the nations that were devistated by the Tsunami, like Sri Lanka, were planning on sending monitary aid to the U.S. He said some of his friends in those nations said they can't send a lot, but they want to help. God bless 'em.
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 12:06 pm

If help is asked for or not, help IS on the way. We Americans thank you for it.
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 12:11 pm

Excerpt from the New Zealand Herald:

NZ offers hurricane help, Kiwis missing

02.09.05 1.00pm

New Zealand has offered hurricane assistance to the United States.

Foreign Minister Phil Goff has been in touch with the White House and the US State Department.

He said as a friend of the United States, New Zealand stands ready to help. The response from the Americans has been that there is no request for specific assistance as yet.

Cheers

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Fri Sep 02, 2005 8:03 pm

Germany offered mobile water purification plants with crew from the technical branch of the German Civil Defense (THW) to prevent the spread of diseases.

On the other hand I`ve heard on German TV news that American rescue and disaster relief crews had to pull out of NO or work under protection of armed police or national guard due to criminals shooting at them.

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Fri Sep 02, 2005 8:22 pm

Australian government has pled $10,000,000 to the US red cross.
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 8:26 pm

Bofredrik: Well now it seems like we offered help a few days ago but the US declined. Now since the situation have gotten so bad it seems like they have changed their minds and accepted the help. Was a bit annoyed why we hadn't offered to help but it seems like I was wrong.
 
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 10:09 pm

Quoting Flydubai (Reply 10):
Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 3):
They were also broadcasting website addresses where donations can be made, such as the Red Cross.

And Birmingham based charity Islamic Relief.

flydubai

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/4208300.stm

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Fri Sep 02, 2005 10:35 pm

France has resources and equipment prepositioned in their Indies Territories, and has offered help: Disaster Management experts/Military planes/Water purification/Medics and some other stuff.
I think they are waiting for the US green light.
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 11:25 pm

Quoting Bofredrik (Thread starter):
US gvmt have asked other countries to help with the rescue in New Orleans and other areas effected of the the disaster.

Sweden will send help when more info comes what is needed.

I was reading aftonbladet.se and around 60% of people in an online poll were OPPOSED to sending aid to the United States. That's sad.
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Sat Sep 03, 2005 1:51 am

This is a joke, America, the strongest country in the world asking foreign aid for help? Through private investors, and all of you who have decided to donate toward the relief effort, we could put together more many than all the countries combined will give us. One of the local news stations yesterday raised $617,000 in just 10 hours of being in front of a store. In case any of you are wondering for the validity of the statement, it was www.abc7.com which is one of the local Los Angeles News Channels. Then you have NBC4, KCAL9, Channel 5 News, Channel 2 News, and the Channel 11 news which between them raised well over $2,000,000.00 in one day. Think about this, this is just the city of Los Angeles. This is not even the real big money givers. The Red Cross well probably take in hundreds of millions. I imagine that LA news stations are not the only stations doing this as well. I would think that a great deal of the major and non major US cities are doing it. So I figure we will get maybe a few more hundred millions in there. Then we also have $10,000,000,000.00 on top of that. So my estimate is that when all is said and done we will have well over $11,000,000,000.00. Let's see any country even give us more than $100,000,000.00 The American people will do better than that. The United States of the few non third world countries in the world, having to ask for help, preposterous, we can do it on our own.
 
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Sat Sep 03, 2005 2:08 am

Fine, but you can't eat or drink money.
What the people need (among other goods) are food and drinkable water. Why would you produce new pumps and water treatment plants when there are plenty of other nations willing to send theirs over?

Asking for help is not preposterous under the given circumstances. It appears to me that not doing so is pigheaded .. the same stupid national pride that killed Russian sailors when the Kursks sank perhaps is now going to kill Americans.

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Sat Sep 03, 2005 2:14 am

Quoting Airlinerfreak (Reply 43):
This is a joke, America, the strongest country in the world asking foreign aid for help? Through private investors, and all of you who have decided to donate toward the relief effort, we could put together more many than all the countries combined will give us.

You wretched, ungrateful bastard.

People are coming as friends to offer help and support and all you can do is spit in their faces.

I see from your profile you are only 13-15. Shows. Enjoy a long, friendless life with your attitude.
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RE: USA Is Asking Other Countries For Help!

Sat Sep 03, 2005 2:19 am

I agree that it does seem, in one sense, a bit preposterous for the USA to expect monetary disaster aid from foreign countries. The USA is by far the wealthiest nation in the world, and we use a vastly larger share share per person of the world's resources than most of the rest of the world, so it seems to me that we should be expected to take care of ourselves when it comes to the financial cost of recovering from this disaster. To tell the truth, people who whine about countries not wanting to give the USA aid money often seem to me to be ignorant, greedy or both.

On the other hand, it is a very nice gesture for countries to offer us aid, as many have. Additionally, offers of specific types of aid (such as water engineering teams and equipment from the Netherlands and trained disaster management teams from Canada) are not only kind, but might be very useful. The last thing I read was that our government was not allowing some of these teams into the country, but hopefully that will change very soon.
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RE: USA Is Asking Other Countries For Help!

Sat Sep 03, 2005 2:19 am

Whitehatter wrote

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You wretched, ungrateful bastard.

People are coming as friends to offer help and support and all you can do is spit in their faces.

I see from your profile you are only 13-15. Shows. Enjoy a long, friendless life with your attitude

I hope you don't feel all Americans are like that poster!!!!!!!! I would like to Thank any Country that has offered any kind of help period Thank you for showing compassion in a crazy world!!!!!!!!!!
 
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RE: USA Is Asking Other Countries For Help!

Sat Sep 03, 2005 2:19 am

Airlinerfreak, I suggest you watch the news. NO looks more like some 3rd World hell-hole, those people need help and they need it yesterday. Why has it taken so long for Dubya to get off his fat ass and do something serious about it?
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RE: USA Is Asking Other Countries For Help!

Sat Sep 03, 2005 2:21 am

Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 45):
You wretched, ungrateful bastard.

Ditto that comment...let me be the first to assure those abroad that his radical views DO NOT represent the whole of America, and that most of the rest of us have views quite contrary to what airlinerfreak has written. I, for one, am absolutely touched at all the help that is being offered to us from abroad in our country's time of need...we really do appreciate the offers of help!

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