The US was hit with 4 different hurricanes over the summer and the UN said nothing about Europe or Asia being stingy with aid.
This is because is 'rich' enough to look after it's own. The same way that the UN didn't say anything about bushfires which decimated Canberra. Or floods/fires which decimate Europe every other year.
It is when disaster strikes those who are less fortunate than us so-called 'first worlders' that this aid is often needed and needed fast.
After hurricanes in Florida or European floodings the threat of disease isn't that great, because these nations have the $ to prevent it from happening. Nations such as Sri Lanka, Maldives, Thailand, etc often do not have the financial means to stop a social disaster after a natural one.
AIDS kills millions, and the UN says nothing about anyone being stingy.
Actually, the UN says a lot on this issue.
Yet when a disaster hits a half a world away, the US is expected to contribute the most? WTF?
Don't see anywhere where the UN has said this of the US. They were talking of all 'western' countries -- if people want to see this only as the US, then so be it. But please, don't make comments such as that. (A lot of this US-shit on this thread has to do with the OP title, and with people not even bothering to see what was actually said).
The 'west' has a duty to ensure that those people in the world who are less fortunate do not suffer anymore than they already have. No matter what the cost.
People have said, what programs would you like to cut in order for this aid to be given?
I can think of two right of the top of my head.
* The Australian government could release all people being held in detention centres in Nauru. The cost of keeping them in these centres is just stupid when community aid groups have offered to suppor them.
* The US government could halt spending US$65 million dollars to buy an election in another country, i.e. Ukraine
So much waste, when better things can be supported with this money.
Russophile: I thought I'd lost track of you, mate! How've you been?
Have been good. You? Busy these days in setting up a business which we hope to start in March, and which could see me relocating in a couple of years (if not sooner) -- I hope.