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    Originally posted by BrickCop
    John Kelly- If memory serves me correct you kept a list of which countries helped out the most after the Tsunami, I'd be intersted in seeing a similar list for America's "Tsunami".
    Australia Donates $10m

    The Australian government will donate $10 million to assist relief operations in the wake of hurricane Katrina in the United States.

    Prime Minister John Howard said the money would be given to the American Red Cross and used for emergency relief carried out by the organisation.

    "Given the extraordinary generosity of the United States when other countries are in need, and given the very close relationship between Australia and the United States, and given also the scale of the disaster, we believe it is a very valuable gesture and a mark of our concern for the scale of the human misery that has come from this disaster," Mr Howard said this afternoon in Hobart.

    He said he had already offered to send a team of emergency specialists to the disaster area but the US was yet to accept the offer.

    The money would be used to provide blankets, food parcels and "all the sorts of things that are provided to people all around the world when they're suddenly rendered destitute", Mr Howard said.

    Mr Howard said he had not yet spoken to US President George W Bush but confirmed he had sent a personal note of sympathy.

    "He knows from the note and from our friendship that we would be concerned but he's got plenty on his plate and frankly I'll probably talk to him at a later time," he said.

    Australia joins more than 20 countries - even poor Honduras - in offering help.

    Accustomed to being a rich donor rather than on the receiving end of charity, the United States initially seemed reticent about accepting foreign aid, but later said it would take up any offers.

    The hurricane devastated New Orleans and other parts of the US Gulf Coast, killing hundreds and possibly thousands.

    "Anything that can be of help to alleviate the tragic situation of the area affected by Hurricane Katrina will be accepted," said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack.

    The United Nations offered to help coordinate international relief efforts for the United States.

    "The sheer size of this emergency makes it possible that we can supplement the American response with supplies from other countries, or with experience we have gained in other relief operations," UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a statement.

    Earlier today, Prime Minister Howard said everyone's thoughts and sympathy should be with America.

    "This idea that 'well they're the most powerful, wealthiest country in the world' - but when something like this strikes, the poor and the vulnerable are the same all around the world," Mr Howard said.

    Earlier, President George W Bush said in a television interview that the United States could take care of itself.

    "I'm not expecting much from foreign nations because we hadn't asked for it. I do expect a lot of sympathy and perhaps some will send cash dollars. But this country's going to rise up and take care of it," Bush told Good Morning America on the US ABC network.

    McCormack said there had not been a change of position over accepting foreign aid and White House spokesman Scott McClellan also said the United States would take up offers of help.

    The State Department said offers so far had come from Belgium, Canada, Russia, Japan, France, Germany, Britain, China, Australia, Jamaica, Honduras, Greece, Venezuela, the Organisation of American States, NATO, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Greece, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, South Korea, Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

    Assistance ranged from medical teams, boats, aircraft, tents, blankets, generators and cash donations.

    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon wrote to Bush offering medical teams.

    "During these difficult times, we, the people of Israel stand firmly by your side in a show of solidarity and friendship," said the letter, which was released by the Israeli Embassy in Washington.

    Where the United States really needs help is getting cheap oil and the Bush administration will be approaching Arab nations and other oil producers over the coming days.

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a vocal critic of the United States, offered to send cheap fuel, humanitarian aid and relief workers to the disaster area.

    The State Department did not comment on Venezuela's offer but several officials smiled at the gesture from Chavez, who yesterday called Bush a "cowboy" who failed to manage the disaster.

    Cuban President Fidel Castro, a close Chavez ally, led a minute of silence in remembrance of the victims of Katrina in parliament today.

    The parliament then returned to normal business with a resolution attacking Bush over the Iraq war.

    Reuters and AAP

  • #2
    I just read that some members of the EU are opening their oil reserves to the U.S. These countries are said to include England, Germany, Belgium and France. Japan is also offering help. I guess there is hope for the world.
    Extremism in the pursuit of liberty is no vice. Barry Goldwater

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    • #3
      Thanks John.

      I'm troubled by the reports that Bush may decline this aid. Why? I heard him say "we can handle it", by we he means the US taxpayers. Even if the foreign aid only represents 1% of the rescue/recovery cost Bush should gratefully accept it. That 1% could be of an enormous help to thousands of survivors. At the very least it could help offset (however small) the brunt on the taxpayers who are shelling out billions for the Iraqi people every month.

      "Earlier, President George W Bush said in a television interview that the United States could take care of itself.

      "I'm not expecting much from foreign nations because we hadn't asked for it. I do expect a lot of sympathy and perhaps some will send cash dollars. But this country's going to rise up and take care of it,"


      WTF is that Bull ****?

      Refusing these generous offers of monetary aid makes absolutely no sense whatsoever (if this report is accurate).

      It says in the next sentence that the US will follow up on the offers, so I'm hoping Bush either had a change of heart or was misquoted.
      Last edited by BrickCop; 09-02-2005, 08:15 PM.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by BrickCop
        Thanks John.
        "Earlier, President George W Bush said in a television interview that the United States could take care of itself.

        "I'm not expecting much from foreign nations because we hadn't asked for it. I do expect a lot of sympathy and perhaps some will send cash dollars. But this country's going to rise up and take care of it,"


        WTF is that Bull ****?
        That would be the dumbest thing Bush has done to date.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by savage4presiden
          That would be the dumbest thing Bush has done to date.

          Wouldn't be the dumbest but its up there. I've seen his quotes else where.


          TGY
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          • #6
            Ireland

            Taoiseach announces further Irish aid to hurricane states

            The Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, has announced further Irish aid to the US states affected by Hurricane Katrina last week.

            Yesterday, the Government said it would be allocating

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            • #7
              Absolutelty Bush should accept help.The world always has their hand out to us,we should accept help now.Yes,Keith,it's nice to see that there is hope for the world.It wouln't hurt Kuwait to give us some oil.we saved their a##!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BrickCop
                Thanks John.

                I'm troubled by the reports that Bush may decline this aid. Why? I heard him say "we can handle it", by we he means the US taxpayers. Even if the foreign aid only represents 1% of the rescue/recovery cost Bush should gratefully accept it. That 1% could be of an enormous help to thousands of survivors. At the very least it could help offset (however small) the brunt on the taxpayers who are shelling out billions for the Iraqi people every month.

                "Earlier, President George W Bush said in a television interview that the United States could take care of itself.

                "I'm not expecting much from foreign nations because we hadn't asked for it. I do expect a lot of sympathy and perhaps some will send cash dollars. But this country's going to rise up and take care of it,"


                WTF is that Bull ****?

                Refusing these generous offers of monetary aid makes absolutely no sense whatsoever (if this report is accurate).

                It says in the next sentence that the US will follow up on the offers, so I'm hoping Bush either had a change of heart or was misquoted.
                I think that comment has more to do with not showing weakness on the world stage.
                No man is justified in doing evil on the grounds of expediency. - Theodore Roosevelt, The Strenuous Life: Essays and Addresses (1900)

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by mosetti
                  I think that comment has more to do with not showing weakness on the world stage.
                  I cannot think of ANY country in the world that would not need some type of outside help after such a catastrophe. I hope Bush does not feel this way, he should pull his head out of his *** if he does. A good percentage of the world stage does not like us already, why should we give a crap about how they'll view our accepting aid for our own people?
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                  • #10
                    Just like taking something for free....they'll expect something in return in the future. I'd take assistance from our allies but as far as France, Cuba, and Venezuela or China they can go Fk up a tree and keep their dirty fking money.
                    Trooperden, akman75, & azmichelle ignored

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bklngirl
                      It wouln't hurt Kuwait to give us some oil.we saved their a##!
                      Kuwait is sendng 400 million worth of oil and 100 million in cash.
                      When Society makes war on its police, it better be prepared to make friends of its criminals.

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                      • #12
                        AussieCops Help

                        Victoria State Police has donated 25 boxes of Uniform Pants, Boots, Shirts and Caps to their counterparts in hurricane devastated New Orleans.

                        A QANTAS freight flight was expected to leave yesterday with the supplies after a call for help.

                        Police Commissioner Nixon said she hoped the donation would lift the spirits of the struggling officers.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by JohnKelly
                          Victoria State Police has donated 25 boxes of Uniform Pants, Boots, Shirts and Caps to their counterparts in hurricane devastated New Orleans.

                          A QANTAS freight flight was expected to leave yesterday with the supplies after a call for help.

                          Police Commissioner Nixon said she hoped the donation would lift the spirits of the struggling officers.
                          As the saying goes, "A friend in need, is a friend in deed." Thanks to the Aussies, who have shown their loyalty time and again.
                          Officer, I borrowed these pants!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by BrickCop
                            I'm troubled by the reports that Bush may decline this aid. Why? I heard him say "we can handle it", by we he means the US taxpayers.
                            Oh I really really hope this is a joke.

                            Is this a freaking joke?
                            -I don't feel you honor someone by creating a physical gesture (the salute). You honor them by holding them in memory and, in law enforcement, proceeding in vigilant, ethical police work. You honor this country or deceased soldiers or whatever you're honoring when you salute a flag by thinking, feeling, and continuing a life of freedom.

                            --ArkansasRed24

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