2004-12-28

Disaster Relief

Wouldn't it be a nice idea for the US to pay for a tsunami early-warning system in the Indian ocean? I read that Japan has offered their expertise to help build one. There is obviously a need, and our image in that part of the world is sorely tarnished. Not that this would make us popular overnight, but it wouldn't hurt.

I also hope that our aid effort will be large and, most importantly, sustained. It is wonderful to respond immediately to a humanitarian crisis, but once the affected people have a place to sleep, sanitation, and something to eat, the job of recovery is really just started.

We should help rebuild houses, villages, and economies. These people will be rebuilding for years - let's stick with them. We could easily afford to help rebuild houses and villages, and we could provide small loans to help restart local economies.

4 Comments:

At December 28, 2004 at 10:39 PM, Blogger alfri said...

I heard from the news last night that America is offering help to victims in Aceh, Indonesia. I hope US aid is not for political reason or asking "something" behind it.

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At December 28, 2004 at 11:30 PM, Blogger Mark Gilbert said...

Hi alfri!

I think you are right - I read that we are helping there and have already promised $35 million in aid for the entire affected region.

The US does a good job of responding to disasters around the world, and I am proud of that. The point of my post is to hope that we go beyond the initial response to the crisis and continue to help the affected people over a longer term.

I also think the tsunami warning system is a way that we could help that is particularly appropriate to our situation. It is technological, expensive, and international, and we are good at that kind of stuff.

 
At January 6, 2005 at 7:57 AM, Blogger Pretzel, freedom fighter cookie said...

Hi, i was just surfing blogs.
i think Japan got a good idea if they finally donate the technology and machines to deploy a tsunami alert system. In fact this is nothing more than preemptive aid, which is more useful and efficient (this was too late though). I wrote something related with the tsunami and relief.

Preemptive Aid, Not Preemptive War

 
At February 9, 2006 at 8:26 AM, Blogger Eddie said...

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