Remember the UN call for countries to help the tsunami affected region? Croesus-rich Kuwait came up initially with a paltry US$1 million for the tsunami funds, and only raised that to US$10 million after its own press criticised its stinginess.
That was as much as what racing driver Michael Schumacher gave to the tsunami aid from his personal pocket.
Australia, Japan and Germany topped the list of donar nations – two Christian and one Shinto nations providing the bulk of the aid to the Muslim dominated country of Indonesia, while Islamic states like Kuwait and other Gulf nations acted like tight arses.
Now, I did mention that I’ll be keeping an eye on how much Kuwait and Saudi Arabia will be giving to their American friends.
Well, guess how much Kuwait has now donated to the USA hurricane funds?
Its state news agency Kuna has just announced Kuwait will donate US$500 million, yes a lovely cool half a BILLION dollars worth of oil products and other humanitarian aid to its ally.
I leave you readers to compare, sorry strike out the word ‘compare’, use ‘contrast’ instead, the difference between the initial (unforced) donation of US$1 million to US$500 million – the former going to hundreds of thousands of families, who breadwinners had perished, and many millions left homeless in 3rd world nations, while the latter going to help the victims of 2 southern states in the USA, the wealthiest nation on earth, who suffered about 10,000 dead and several thousands homeless.
Gulf States Viewpoints – Tsunami vs Hurricane