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Bush Vows More Aid for Victims of Tsunami

 

CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - President Bush said on Wednesday the United States' initial grant of $35 million in the aftermath of the tsunami disaster in South East Asia was "only the beginning of our help" but he did not announce an immediate increase in aid.

 

It was Bush's first public statement since the tsunami struck on Sunday. The death toll is now nearing 70,000 and could ultimately exceed 100,000.

 

"These past few days have brought loss and grief to the world that is beyond our comprehension," Bush said.

 

"The United States will continue to stand with the affected governments as they care for the victims. We will stand with them as they start to rebuild their communities. And together the world will cope with their loss. We will prevail over this destruction."

 

Bush, who spoke to the leaders of India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Indonesia on Wednesday, said criticism that rich nations were not giving enough for disaster relief were misguided.  "I assure those leaders that this is just only the beginning of our help," he said.

 

The White House faced criticism on Tuesday over the fact that Bush, who is vacationing at his Crawford, Texas, ranch, had not yet appeared in person to talk about the disaster.

 

Jan Egeland, the emergency relief coordinator for the United Nations, said on Monday that the West had generally been "stingy" in its aid to poor countries.

 

"I felt like the person who made that statement was very misguided and ill-informed," Bush said. "In the year 2004, our government provided $2.4 billion in food and cash and humanitarian relief ... That's 40 percent of all the relief aid given in the world last year."

 

On future U.S. aid for the tsunami victims, Bush said: "There will be an assessment of the damage so that the next tranche of the relief will be spent wisely. ... Our government is fully prepared to continue to provide assistance and help."

 

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European Aid = Over $300,000,000 and expected to rise (excluding donations).

 

American Aid = $35 Million.

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Peace,

 

US aid at 350,000,000 excluding donations.

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Peace,

 

US aid at 350,000,000 excluding donations.

European Aid from all EU Countries and The EU itself (according to the Times), excluding donations now stands at over $500,000,000. Donations are well over $200,000,000.

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Asalaamo aleykum,

 

I guess, with the enormous debt the US has to the rest of the world....it will be the world in the end to pay their "donation of the Tsunami Victims" anyway...

 

"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.brillig(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/debt_clock/"]US Debt Clock[/url]

 

last time it was at

 

$7.543.067.761.534.38

 

 

 

a few minutes ago......

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Peace,

 

Interesting. No matter how much the US donates people will find a way to look at it in a negative light.

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Asalaamo aleykum,

 

But Livius, the US started to give only 15 million dollar, untill a US newspaper ( according to the news here) gave critics that even the upcoming inauguration of Bush would cost more then 15 million......

THAT is why Bush decided to give 35 million....and now ten fold..

 

"In the year 2004, our government provided $2.4 billion in food and cash and humanitarian relief ... That's 40 percent of all the relief aid given in the world last year."

 

of this cash...how much do you think goes to israel ? I'm sure he did calculated that within the 2.4 billion....the world knows Bush gives more Aid to israel then he gives the whole continent of Africa combined......

 

Here is an interesting site about the US Aid....:

 

"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.globalissues(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/TradeRelated/Debt/USAid.asp"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.globalissues(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/TradeRelated/Debt/USAid.asp[/url]

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Peace,

 

The offer of aid by the US has gone up more than once. $35 mill was not the original offer. The government wanted to have a better analysis of what was needed and what the situation was before they started just throwing money at a problem. One, even two, days after a major catastrophe noone can know the full extent of the problem or what exactly is needed.

 

I contend that the aid would have increased regardless of some newspaper article. They even stated when they gave the original number that it would likely increase.

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Japan a tiny country will provide "you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.japantoday(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/e/?content=news&cat=&id=323691"]$ 500 Million in Tsunami Aid[/url].

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Japan is one of the richest countries in the world. It is good that they are giving so much.

 

In the US the citizens are having difficulty calling the Red Cross because so many are calling to donate. Most of the time you get a busy signal.

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Japan is one of the richest countries in the world.  It is good that they are giving so much.

 

In the US the citizens are having difficulty calling the Red Cross because so many are calling to donate.  Most of the time you get a busy signal.

 

 

True, and many American companies are also contributing as well. Additionally, all the National Gaurd of New York state (where I live) are being mobilized to head to the affected regions to aid the relief effort.

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