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    World Sees Katrina As Payback Time
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    Sept. 6, 2005

    "Friends which should always have solidarity in moments of difficulty."
    Mexican president Vicente Fox

    (CBS/AP) Some of the world's poorest nations — Bangladesh, Afghanistan and tsunami-hit Thailand — have offered the United States aid and expertise to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

    While some of these aid pledges were small compared with the millions of dollars and heavy machinery promised by Europe, they come from nations with far less to give and are symbolic recognition of the role U.S. aid has played in their development.

    The State Department says it has now received offers of assistance from 94 countries and international organizations, reports CBS News Correspondent Charles Wolfson.

    Among the most recent international aid to arrive were three flights of military ready-to-eat meals from Germany, plus a planeload meals and medical supplies from Italy.

    Japan doubled its emergency aid to the U.S. Tuesday, to $1 million total.

    In addition, The Maldives ($25,000), Albania ($300,000), Ireland ($1 million) and Yemen ($100,000) are pledging funds to the Red Cross, and the Czech Republic plans to send relief supplies and medical teams.

    Israeli aid organizations and charities were raising money for hurricane victims, reports CBS News Correspondent Robert Berger.

    "This is the time for us to show that we appreciate what the Americans have been doing for Israel and Israelis for so many years," said Nachman Shai, who is heading the project.

    Israel is the biggest recipient of U.S. foreign aid, so people are happy for the opportunity to help, says Berger. Israelis admit that this aid is modest and symbolic, but they say it comes from the heart.

    Several countries were releasing oil from their reserves to help bolster supplies cut off by Hurricane Katrina.

    Bangladesh, one of the world's poorest countries, where millions of people live on a monsoon- and flood-prone delta, pledged $1 million to Katrina's victims and offered to send specialist rescuers to inundated areas, the Foreign Ministry said.


    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/09/06/katrina/main818955.shtml
     
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    the fact that these poorer countries are giving even a few thousand, is a big help, and solidifies that not all foreigners dislike us.
     
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    even Cuba and Iran offered aid, Cubas aid offer of 1000 persons
    willl be refused as they refused US aid when they were hit,
    politics I guess.

    Iran who without official diplomatic channels got help from the
    US offered help through the red crescent, well at least
    they remember,

    Thats one good thing about crisis these days , political
    divides does not stop international help.
     
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    Sri Lanka sent $25,000. That's a fortune for these people. On the other hand, Japan I've heard sent $1M. That's like tipping $1 on a $600 meal. Keep it, if it's true.
     
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    As Anne Applebaum noted in the July/August issue of Foreign Policy, Americans are not nearly as disliked as the media and leftist politicians would have you believe.

    This is truly a wonderful gesture though from these less fortunate nations. In matters like these, I care not about the money but the fact that they are giving something, whether it be monetary or technical assistance.
     
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    eh the dislike for america is propagated by the right, stop your spin.
     
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    Kuwait offered up half a Billion. That's real money. Apparently they also remember.
     
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    Only because we won't kiss the liberal sheeps of the worlds asses. In that case, WHO CARES?
     
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    foreigners don't belong. period.

    consider the storm to be god's cleansing broom.
     
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    Glad they didn't tell that to my ancestors.
     

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