Americans make me want to vomit sometimes.
While I don't mean to disparage in any way the victims of Hurricane Katrina or the damage to the historic community of New Orleans. The two are really not comparable. If we go with a conservative number of 100,000 deaths in the Tsunami, and estimate 100 deaths from Katrina, we still find that the number dead from Katrina is 0.1% of the Tsunami deaths. To compare the two is revolting.
As far as billions of dollars of damages, well at least New Orleans had some warning.
My thoughts are with the City of New Orleans and the families of the victims. But we are one of the worlds most prosporous nations, lets not play the "victim of horrible catastrophy" card too much, eh?
Update: Hrun and I agree.
Update Heh: Mr. Reynolds's recent posts seem to be implying that the world an the US should be reacting to the current situation similarly to the Tsunami. (maybe I'm just reading too much between the lines though)
Apparently the difference between 100,000 and 100, or several countries and one city is lost on some parts of the United States. I wonder if this constant comparison thing stems from the human's need for familiarity, maybe they want response to every disaster to be exactly the same.... I don't know.
"UPDATE: Reader Loren Rueter emails: "Any foreign governments
None that I've heard of. Should we call 'em stingy?
ANOTHER UPDATE: Less snarkily, The Anchoress emails:Glenn, remember how Amazon put together
the Honor System for
the Tsunami? Couldn't something like that
It certainly could. Will it? I guess somebody should ask
We have money, and we can donate and take care of our fellow citizens just like we did after 9/11, we don't need to rely on the world for this! Donate to the Red Cross, or Noah's Wish (for animals).