Aid to US
The US has accepted aid in the wake of the Katrina disaster from the following countries [AP].
Iran, once drubbed one part of the 'Axis of Evil', has donated 20m barrels of crude oil to the US. Readers will recall that after the Bam earthquake, the US offered $5M in USAID on condition that Iran turn over any Al-Qaeda members. Iran's offer is conditional on the lifting of US sanctions.
Some of the discrepancies in the donations offered to the USA by countries are startling. Bangladesh, a poverty stricken Muslim country (and from whence this blog's author originates) has donated $1M in cash. Whereas Italy, America's only 'old Europe' ally on the Continent and fearless friend (yeah, right) in the Iraq War has donated "300 cots, 300 blankets, 600 sheets, a water pump, six life rafts, 11,200 chlorine tablets, first-aid kits; baby food"! That must be whats refered to as Christain Kindness?
India has offered $5M in cash but Israel, recipient of USA's heftiest foreign aid package yearly, is "Sending medical team". Yes, well, lets dispel that pregnant silence straightaway and get the Jewish jokes out of the way right now.
The Arabs are, as expected and on cue, dishing out the dinars. Qatar (home of al-Jazeera) donates $100M while Saudi Arabia, generous to a fault as only a US puppet regime can be, has opened the Big Oil valves yet wider, gushing forth to an undisclosed amount.