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Alarmingly, only a handful of Americans seem to know about the flood situation in Pakistan at the moment.  Of these, most have shown indifference and a few on The Washington Post's recent poll downright cheerfulness:

I would not lift a finger to help these people. Our government has been wasting billions of our tax dollars on these ingrates for years. Let their fellow muslims send them some of the millions of dollars they get for their oil.
Besides, that part of the world is terribly overpopulated anyway. If a million or so die, the remaining survivors will be better off.

Posted by: jrnberrycharternet | August 16, 2010 5:15 PM

DIE!!!!
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FASTER!!!!!
PLEASE

Posted by: trafallet | August 18, 2010 10:53 PM

What a beautiful world we live in, when we can blame victims of a natural disaster for the faults of their country's corrupt elite.  When we can say with certainty that these poor people deserve this, that we can as good as commit indirect genocide without a pang of guilt.  I have nothing more to say about this, other than I nearly vomited reading 90% of these comments.  A few, however, showed more informed, more compassionate worldviews.  I'll let these two do the talking, and hope they're more representative of Americans--and the world--than the ones above:


I am amazed and disgusted with how many people on this comment board are invoking geo-political concerns as some sort of a justification for refusing to help victims of a tragedy that has nothing to do with politics. I sincerely hope that the comments on this matter displayed on this board are not representative of the country as a whole.
I am personally shocked with how small minded these commenters are, to act like women and children who are drowning, drinking disease-infested waters, having their entire lives ruined and clean water supplies destroyed, should all take a back seat and die needlessly because of our objections to the government of the country in which this disaster is taking place. I am speechless.
Yes, there actually are Muslim organizations that are providing aid. And many of them are radical Muslim organizations. And the reason that they are able to win peoples' hearts and minds is because they are distributing food, water, and other necessities, while us Westerners would prefer to let them drown and point our fingers at their leaders.
We did not do this when there was a tsunami in Southeast Asia, or an earthquake in Iran, yet now it has come in vogue to lecture a country's citizens on proper civics while they and their children die needlessly? The portion of our national budget that goes to foreign aid is so small you cannot even see it on a pie chart. We clearly have the capacity to act in these instances, and the idea that we've somehow exhausted all our resources on relief is completely ludicrous.
We exert our power and influence over the entire world and lecture them on how our institutions, our form of government, our Democracy, our economic model, should be adapted by everyone because it's in their best interest to follow our lead. Then when the time comes for us to put our money where our mouth is, we curl up into our shells and toss around political insinuation instead of demonstrating the magnanimity we so often demand of others.
It's time for you guys to grow up, and realize a human life is a human life, and that Pakistan, for all its troubles, is still an ally in a time of need. So let's back our words up with actions, instead of engaging in all this cowardly finger-pointing.

Posted by: fordman_81 | August 16, 2010 11:11 PM

Are you guys talking about the U.S. government bailing out our rich, and our 1% wealthy, or are you blaming our own miseries and thieving professional politicians on the Pakistanis? We can't help ourselves - our rich steal from us every day and yet we can deny help, through legitimate orgs, to the poor of Pakistan? Oh, I forgot - we still believe the corporations and Homeland Security, even after Katrina and the Gulf Gusher. Know what gets me after viewing dozens of pictures of the Pakistanis? There are no fat people, period. Even at their best, they don't eat well. Here, our obese rate is over 60%. Here we wave our nukes at anyone who doesn't like multinational corporate rule. Think before you speak, people. We have arms and governmental rules that supposedly protect us, yet we watch while our middle class is destroyed. Who you going to cry to when it is our turn? Remember, it was Saudis on those planes 9/11 (and we flew many Saudis home the next day), not Afghanistan people or Pakistan people, or Iraqis for that matter. Yet we're wasting billions upon billions in wars in Afghanistan - where no country has ever invaded successfully, and in Iraq, where oil was our only conceivable reason for war. Our young wouldn't be dying (and not that many actually have) if we weren't in those countries. And - before you blame Muslims with inventing body-bombers, read a few history books about the IRA in Ireland doing the same things, killing their own and the Brits. Poor people, ruled by the rich, tend to use their bodies when they have nothing else to fight with. So, are the Irish let off the hook because they're white or Catholic? I think not. Such hypocrites some of you are! And such short, selective memories. (Short as in Haiti is never mentioned in our news, any more, and short as in 50% of our own people want to reproduce mindlessly (preferring bundles of cells that 'may' become humans to already living women) as much as any 3rd world country, whether or not they can afford to have those kids. Pakistan's big mistake is not empowering their women and enabling them to start small businesses to educate themselves and their children - that's the whole world's mistake, in fact, including the U.S. - it's still being fought here even now. Sometimes 'we' make me sick with our self-righteousness.

Posted by: unconvinced | August 18, 2010 2:50 AM


 

From what I see, we're at risk of forgetting that hatred, bigotry and racism have no place in a natural disaster.  Please, I implore you--before you're an American, a British National, a Pakistani, a Bangladeshi, an Indian--before race, we are all humans.  And there is no excuse for this kind of disregard of human life.  Do we value ourselves so little that we suppress the part of us (our conscience) that lets us feel for one another? 

Please.  People are suffering, and it can be stopped.  Don't invoke political pragmatisms in order to write off the deaths of millions of people with a clear conscience.  They are men, women and children like the rest of us; we owe allegiance to our species before we owe it to our respective nations. 

This is how you can help. 

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