"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.
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.
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?