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Game On: Is the U.S. Doing Enough for Haiti?Political Perspective by Tim King Salem-News.com
It is our apparent job to kill for the benefit of the world, isn't it also an obligation to save lives?
(SALEM, Ore.) - Military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan will not be interrupted by the mass human disaster in Haiti. Sound familiar?
History shows us that the U.S. government failed to help its own people adequately after Hurricane Katrina struck the residents of Louisiana, Mississippi and several other states.
Impoverished, homeless people, mostly black, who didn't in many cases have anything to their names to begin with; plunged into the depths of natural catastrophic madness.
So why would this country that can't helps its own poor and disaster stricken masses, be able to adequately address the needs of people on an island nation of again, mostly black, very poor people?
Especially when a so-called American spiritual leader feels compelled to remind right leaning Americans that their ancestors "made a pact with the devil" and somehow possibly deserve this tragedy?
I'm sure glad President Hugo Chavez in Venezuela didn't bat an eye in his decision to send immediate aid.
The Haitians are still laying under tons of crushed rubble. The casualties include Americans and people from all over the world who were visiting when the quake struck.
I hate to wonder how much worse their plight will be because of the remarks made yesterday by Pat Robertson. How many otherwise generous American people, will turn away because Robertson makes Haitians seem deserving of their fate?
It's the real life American Christian version of "turning the other cheek". While there are those whose morals and values come close, far too many members of the U.S. Christian community do not consider the teachings of Christ in their inherent values.
Instead gun rights, anti-gay politics, anti-immigration, anti-poor sentiments and pro big business motivations dominate their conversations. They also largely stand against freedom, especially when it comes to abortion and education.
That after all is the way they roll - those fake Christians like Robertson and Falwell and Roberts, with their tough guys like Limbaugh, Beck and O'Reilly carrying the first row of torches, with stakes in companies like Haliburton and XE-Blackwater. There isn't a thing about them that is Christlike, and they are far from harmless.
Robertson's warped and wrinkled brain has the capacity to do damage, and he proves once again why actual Christians feel like breaking the TV set at any sign of the 700 Club, if they have one on at all.
Fakes, liars, devils, that is what they are. I don't know of a single public representative of any stature from their side of life who even served their country at war. Maybe Bob Dole, and he doesn't count, he did serve and I respect him, see how easy that is? It isn't that our leaders all need military service as a prerequisite to politics, the point is that only the warmongers lack it.
Yet they wave the flag the way they wave their crosses around for all to see, cashing in all the while. More lies. There is no patriotism in promoting and following evil politics, only small mindedness.
But the grandest sin of all, is using the name of a figure in history like Christ in context with hateful death drives and calls for the destruction of humanity. They will be instrumental in the deaths of us all.
Citizens of the world need to pressure their governments to act, and not let the people of Haiti fall into further despair.
There are serious problems on Haiti's only functioning airfield and problems with air traffic control. U.S. officials say they need to get a team of military engineers on the ground, as well as operational planners, a command and control group and also communication specialists.
They are tasked with figuring out how to make Haiti's only large airfield ready for a huge influx of military and commercial aircraft that will bring in help and supplies.
Maj. General Mark Solo, who heads the 618th Tanker Airlift Control Center at Scott Air Force Base, runs the agency overseeing flight operations. He says U.S. search and rescue teams are in place, and medical personnel and relief supplies are arriving.
A temporary field hospital is under construction. Solo says people with more serious injuries will be aeroevacuated to a hospital that can provide the necessary care.
KATU Channel 2 News in Portland, Oregon reported tonight that 120 aircraft arrived in Haiti today, 800 miles from the coast of Florida. If the international aid continues there might be hope for the survivors, let's hope so.
The video above was originally recorded by The Skids way back in the late 1970's. This version is performed by U2 and Green Day. It very much applies to the current situation.
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