Thursday, September 01, 2005

New Orleans :The world offers kindness,equipment and cash

WASHINGTON - In a dramatic turnabout, the United States is now on the receiving end of help from around the world as some two dozen countries offer post-hurricane assistance.

Venezuela, a target of frequent criticism by the Bush administration, offered humanitarian aid and fuel. Venezuela’s Citgo Petroleum Corp. pledged a $1 million donation for hurricane aid

On Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin sent condolences to President Bush and said Russia was prepared to help if asked.

Boats, aircraft, tents, blankets, generators, cash assistance and medical teams have been offered to the U.S. government in Washington or in embassies overseas.

Offers have been received from Russia, Japan, Canada, France, Honduras, Germany, Venezuela, Jamaica, Australia, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Greece, Hungary, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, China, South Korea, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, NATO and the Organization of American States, the spokesman said.

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Anonymous Woody said...

Thanks for the information. So far, I am puzzled as to why we're not accepting any help, unless it's for security reasons or if some is duplication of existing efforts. Some of the offers for help are vague statements of intent while one of them is of questionable value to the displaced residents. Similarly, the offer to open up oil reserves helps the rest of the U.S. and is much appreciated, but doesn't do much for the emergency. Frankly, what is needed is money to pay for the effort and materials. Nevertheless, I appreciate the concern and offers from other nations and hope that they continue to come in and are accepted.

September 02, 2005 5:57 pm  

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