Thursday, September 29, 2005

Ask Two Dogs: International Hurricane Donations

Jim Howie sent a request to The One-Stop Shop of Information that I absolutely had to answer. Sorry, it took so long, but I done been busy.

The Questions: What countries have contributed to US hurricane disaster relief and what did they contribute? What countries did send aid? Love ya, mean it, Jim Howie

After an exhausting four minute search, I have concluded that no money has been donated by foreign governments as aid in the wake of two hurricanes. The United States government has been reluctant to accept any aid from countries other than Canada and the United Kingdom. However, I can't find where they sent any money either.

While, I am sure that there are a few people around the world that have contributed money to organizations helping the victims, it is actually impossible to find that information because I am too damn lazy.

Here's the total tally that I have unearthed. Sri Lanka said it was donating $25,000 to the International Red Cross, while Japan has pledged $200,000 and Australia, $8,000,000, to the charity. Remember now, this is NOT the same group as the American Red Cross, these are the folks that support terrorism.

Also, these are the countries that have offered aid. I'm guessing that "Talk is cheap". Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, the Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, the European Union, Finland, France (They want us to surrender to the weather), Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, International Energy Agency, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, NATO, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Organization of American States, Oman, OPEC, Pakistan, Paraguay, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, United Kingdom, the United Nations, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Venezuela and the World Health Organization. What the Hell? Brazil didn't offer up no bunda?

Of all these countries, I can only find one that actually did something. Singapore actually sent Chinook helicopters to Fort Polk to help in the distribution of supplies. Good on you, all you Singaporeanesians.

President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela offered some cheap fuel. If Jimmah Cahta was still president, I'm guessing that he would have accepted that dirty oil from the slaughtering communists.

Oh, and that damn Israel offered teams of medical personnel and said that they could be ready within twenty-four hours. Damn Jews, but I bet that those medical personnel wouldn't have problems with someone trying to break into the hospital. It seems that the folks in Israel take their defense kinda serious like.

I certainly hope this answers your question, Jim Howie. Wouldn't want my WTW photos cut-off. And if anyone else has something to add, please feel free to send it in.

UPDATE: Since we have heard so much about New Orleans and other areas that didn't really get roughed up by Hurricane Katrina, Weaver thought that we should all look at THESE arial photographs of actual hurricane damage. Can we please shut up about New Orleans?

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