Jan 1, 2005

¿Quién es más abundante?

(First, a couple of shout-outs, thanks to shari at An old soul... for the link to my chocolate escapades, have a great vacation! Second, Right Hand Thief has been excellent this past week, even by its usual high standards. Great job!)

The tsunami disaster has been such a horrible occurrence, and worse news comes in every day, that I still haven't been able to comprehend the full scale. But I just want to throw in my two cents about the world reaction to the aid provided by the US and other nations.

First there were the accusations of stinginess. Then, the US increased their aid distribution tenfold. Now, note the wording of the CNN headline about Japan increasing their aid to $500 million:

Japan tops U.S. tsunami aid pledge

It's a sad statement when what should have been a global outpouring of support has apparently become an eleemosynary measuring contest between nations.

But on the other hand, if it gets more money and supplies to those who need it, so be it. As far as I'm concerned, altruism is altruism, regardless of the motives.