Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Where's The Aid?
A few weeks ago, a storm system hit Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. It spawned a record 150+ tornadoes, caused billions of dollars in damage, and left more than 300 people dead.
Sunday night, a tornado hit Joplin, MO. It caused billions of dollars in damage, and left 116 people dead. It is the deadliest single tornado in 60 years.
Tonight, even as I type this, another massive storm system is sweeping across the plains, spawning tornadoes, causing billions of dollars in damage, and unfortunately, will probably leave dozens--if not hundreds-- of people dead.
Whenever any type of disaster strikes anywhere in the world--whether it be tsunamis in Southeast Asia, or earthquakes in Japan, Haiti, or Chile--the United States is always there to help. We are always the first to rush in with aid, supplies, clean up crews, drinking water. You name it, we send it. And we're glad to do so. We're America. It's what we do.
Yet, where, I'm wondering, is the foreign aid sent to help us? Were are all the countries rushing in to help us? Where is the aid, the supplies, the clean up crews, the drinking water?
But, you may argue, they probably think we're rich enough that we don't need their help. True, maybe we don't need their help, but still...
When you take over food following a funeral, you don't send it based on whether you think the bereaved family can afford to feed itself or not. You do it to show you care. To provide that oh, so necessary human touch in their time of grief.
I have yet to hear of a single country reaching out to show us that they care. To provide that oh, so necessary human touch in our time of grief. I guess they don't care about us until they need something. Then they'll be looking at us with their hands held out, expecting us to do something. Expecting us to help.
And we will. Because we're America.
It's what we do.