Monday, January 03, 2005

Middle Eastern Tsunami Contributions

From Juan Cole (link in title):

As of 1/1, Reuters was reporting these responses to the tsunami from Middle Eastern countries:

--Qatar, $25 million
--Saudi Arabia, $10 million
--Kuwait, $2.1 million
--Algeria, $2 million
--Libya, $2 million
--UAE, $2 million
--Turkey, $1.25 million

That puts Qatar at $250/person. They win! Keep in mind that the average income of many of these countries is a fraction (like 1/6 or 1/7) of ours, so all these contributions are pretty generous even if they don't measure up to the per capita total of Western countries. This is unlikely to show up in your local newspaper or TV program, so I am helping Prof. Cole spread the word.


Anonymous said...

Those are some pretty rich countries, and they also know real well what happens when the poorer parts of the Muslim world get dumped upon.

Anonymous said...

Its easy to be cynical and sit back and judge our government, but considering we don't know the situation or the circumstances that countries are in why not just praise all of the countries for donating what they are. I would hate to see Mr. Cole criticizing the USG next for driving up the countries debt. Bravo to all who have contributed! Have you?

Anonymous said...

I'd hate to see Prof. Cole mow down a bunch of nuns with an Uzi while wearing a Ronald McDonald suit, but that would off-topic, wouldn't it?

I think everybody is now clicked in to the situation. I don't think there is any denying that some took longer than others to respond adequately, but the fact that only a couple of survivors have been found anyway could make that a moot point.

Vulgarius said...

Well spoken!

Don Snabulus said...

I actually would like to see Prof. Cole packing an Uzi while wearing a Ronald McDonald Suit, but I think the nuns should also pack Uzis and red-and-yellow habits and they should form some kind of crime fighting team together.

Vulgarius said...

Juan Cole Vs. The Meat burglers?

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