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Shapley,Originally posted by Shapley:
Whatever the general view is of Louisiana and Mississippi, they are a far cry from being "third world countries".
We sent aid to Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Niger, et. al., because they needed it. Europe has been undergoing some pretty serious flooding in the past few weeks. So far as I know, they've neither asked for assistance nor have we offered it. I sent money to the Catholic Charities to help out with relief to areas stricken by Katrina, as I did for tsunami relief and the Niger famine, but I hardly expect the Indonesian people to be in a position to reciprocate. (Well, Okay, that rich widow in Nigeria could help out, but I thinks she's still trying to find someone to help her get her dead husband's millions out of the country. )
Where would the other countries send their care packages: To the poor insurance companies who will be out billions to pay costs, or to our government, that will most likely make up the difference between what is lost and what is covered?
By the time the ships full of relief supplies could get here from France, UPS will have delivered everything they need to get started getting their lives together.
It isn't very charitable to start expecting reciprocity for charitable giving.
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