The Red Cross is appealing for people overseas to contribute money to its Hurricane Katrina Appeal. But why does the world's richest nation need handouts? The public in many countries are accustomed to providing aid to poverty stricken developing nations, but the need to provide assistance to the most opulent country in the world may leave many perplexed. It is not a position the US is used to being in either. President George W Bush seemed to initially dismiss suggestions of receiving foreign assistance. "I'm not expecting much from foreign nations because we haven't asked for it," he said. "I do expect a lot of sympathy, and perhaps some will send cash dollars. But this country is going to rise up and take care of it.'' ... The gross national income of the US is $37,870 per capita, according to the World Bank. It is just $810 for tsunami-hit Indonesia and $200 for poverty-stricken Niger.
The whole idea of asking for monetary aide from foreign nationals is, in all honesty, extremely embarrassing to me. To me it implies that we might be too consumed with building other countries in our image instead of taking care of our own country. Is anybody else just a little embarrassed by this as well, or do you feel that even the richest countries on earth should ask for monetary aide from abroad when destruction befalls them?
[Edited 2005-09-06 16:01:35]