Thursday, December 30, 2004

Some Say Mountain, but it is a Molehill

From the Guardian,

Jan Egeland - the United Nations' emergency relief coordinator and former head of the Norwegian Red Cross . . . question[ed] the generosity of rich nations. ``We were more generous when we were less rich, many of the rich countries,'' Egeland said Monday. ``And it is beyond me, why are we so stingy, really. ... Even Christmas time should remind many Western countries at least how rich we have become.'' Egeland told reporters the next day that his complaint wasn't directed at any one nation.

I am not interested in delving into politics again on this site, but I didn't realize how badly this guy was being misquoted and misinterpreted. So in the spirit of Snopes, the urban legends site, I thought I would put an actual quote on the site.

This is a monumental tragedy which will balloon if the people of the world don't all do everything we can to replace dirty water with clean and provide food for people who need it. The next few weeks are the most critical. Anything said by UN members, presidents, or other government leaders is secondary to that basic fact and frustration all around is probably understandable given the circumstances.


PusBoy said...

Food and water? Dude, don't you know the proper way to handle all foreign relations is to bomb the shit out of the people there and then hold an election 22 months later?


This doctrine is especially true in countries where the people are not a) white or b) Christian.

Double duh!

Plus, we're sending $35 million! I heard we're even going to stop production on the armored Humvees in order to raise the money!

Good times.

Don Snabulus said...

We prefer the use of asterisks (***) to mask expletives on this site as some of our readership isn't in the 18-39 year old set.

I think this situation requires us to set our sarcasm aside for a while. I am not a fan of the President (at all), but about all we can do right now is squeeze together our spare dollars and send them ASAP to established relief organizations and send our good wishes, thoughts, and prayers to those who are suffering.

Those who are part of relief efforts deserve our thanks as well.