Tuesday, September 06, 2005

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.

4 Comments:

At September 07, 2005 12:39 pm, Blogger de said...

You blog with the speed of FEMA answering a distress call.

Didn't they refuse Cuban aide? I'd love to see their rationale - if there is one.

 
At September 07, 2005 7:22 pm, Blogger Siddhartha said...

Blogging has been put to the back burner for a while. But have been reading and posting comments to many. Quite amazed at how many closet-reactionary blogs and blog-readers there are out there who lie to themselves about being liberal!

Cuban aid: I guess they refused the Cuban doctors because they would show up their own malpractising, over-paid quacks.

 
At September 10, 2005 4:21 pm, Blogger Brian said...

What a cynical, horrible post. 1 simple search on Google results in this page about Bam.

You don't see anti-Americanism so thinly disguised in good blogs.

 
At September 10, 2005 5:19 pm, Blogger Siddhartha said...

Point taken about USAID cash to Iran following Bam earthquake. I have amended my post to take account of the conditional nature of offers made mutually by both countries.

I do, however, disagree on the second part of your post. There are many outstandingly good blogs which are anti-American Foreign Policy (not anti-American people - importnat point) both overt and thinly disguised.

Thanks for your comments.

 

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