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Sri Lanka choosy about aid?

by C1ay / January 4, 2005 11:42 PM PST

Tsunami Aid Packages Grow into Billions: Sri Lanka Refuses Most Israeli Help

One day after the massive wave hit the coastline of Sri Lanka and while nations around the world were busy pointing fingers at one another to decide who would take the lead in the humanitarian disaster of Biblical proportion, Israel offered to send help. A 150 member team that consisted of search and rescue professionals, doctors who specialize in trauma, recovery and pediatrics along with medical and survival supplies was ready to leave Israel the day after the wave struck.

While tourists, children and Sri Lankan people were still clinging to palm trees and politicians and UN spokesmen were busy chastising America; Israel stepped up to the plate and offered the first plane load of aid that could reach the region in mere hours. It did not matter to Israel that she and Sri Lanka do not have diplomatic relations with one another ? Israel was offering help because Israel is a kind nation that places human life above politics.

The day the plane was ready to depart with the team, Sri Lanka reversed permission for the team to land and President Chandrika Kumaratunga?s military secretary informed Israel, "We are not opposed to a plane loaded with medical supplies, food and blankets that will be accompanied by a medical team comprised of 50 IDF people.?

But, Israel could not send the original team of 150 to help rescue and identify people affected by the disaster primarily because a minority of Muslim politicians put pressure on the government to deny Israel permission to land a military plane in the country.

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Maybe the U.S. should channel all of it's aid thru Israel. This way the countries that want peace will get aid and those that want to behave like children won't. I wonder if the people down on the beach that got wiped out really want their government turning down aid for them?

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Old sayings come to mind:
by MarciaB / January 4, 2005 11:53 PM PST

"Beggars can't be choosers"

"Don't look a gift horse in the mouth"

I'm sure there are many others.

Sri Lankan officials need to consider the consequences of turning away assistance in the time of need.


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its criminal that they refused the expert help
by Mark5019 / January 5, 2005 1:22 AM PST

the poor people

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If they are so high, mighty and well off...
by caktus / January 5, 2005 6:18 AM PST

that they can afford to turn down such free emergency aid with no strings attached in the face of great disaster I'm sure there are more worthy causes in witch folks can invest their hard earned money.

I hope the Sri Lanka common folk realize just how much regard their government has for their lives and well-being.

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**Sri Lanka common folk**
by MarciaB / January 5, 2005 6:22 AM PST

And that's the saddest part, isn't it caktus? Quite likely those turning away the aid are not the ones actually needing it. Sad

Another old saying to add to the ones I posted above:

"Don't bite the hand that feeds you."

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True...Guess I just can't help...
by caktus / January 6, 2005 8:58 AM PST

being torn between the one and the other.

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So, what else is new?
by Paul C / January 6, 2005 9:12 AM PST

Third World ingratitude is an old story by now. Just look at Egypt; we shell out $4 billion to that nation annually, and their resident Islamofascists still agitate against us and occasionally do worse than that.

Anyone for an international s*** list of nations that perhaps should be allowed to stew in their own juices next time? I realize that sounds cruel at first blush, but I'm tired of this sort of garbage...

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What I've said before is:
by James Denison / January 6, 2005 1:40 PM PST

...that instead of giving aid to governments to care for their people, instead we should just fly over and airdrop it where it's needed, or let money stream out the doors where they can gather it up and have a means of purchasing it.

Giving to so many governments ends up enriching certain elite while the ones supposed to get the aid instead have to work or pay for it, or don't get it at all. Certain others may have the aid withheld because they are considered undesirable even before the disaster.

As for Israel, I'd stamp everything in indelible ink with a Star of David and maybe a menorah symbol and the word Israel, and then let someone else deliver it. Make up a special issue of canned food that when the lid is opened it has a Star of David underneath it.

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