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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Europe, generous as ever

Eric Besson, the French minister of immigration, said France had suspended deportations of Haitians found living in France without residence papers.

Germany is sending governmental assessment teams and has said it will make about $2.2 million available for emergency assistance.

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle of Germany said in a statement Thursday that Berlin would provide “every possible help” to Haiti. He said the government would establish a crisis team to investigate what help was needed and whether German nationals had been caught up in the quake.

China said it sent a 60-member search-and-rescue team with sniffer dogs to Haiti on Wednesday evening, and the Red Cross Society of China decided to donate $1 million in emergency aid, the state-run Xinhua news agency said.
Wow, $2.2 million. You can buy a (presumably German-made) bulldozer with that! France's offer to drop deportations for a week couldn't be more generous. China is contributing nearly as much money and more in terms of personnel, and it doesn't even have diplomatic relations with Haiti. As ever, Europe is a disgrace when it comes to helping anyone but its own peoples.

Two videos present a powerful New World contrast: one, a resolute, concrete, strong, generous, concerned President of the United States, one of Barack Obama's finest moments on the world stage. And Canadian Governor General Governor General Michaƫlle Jean.


Anonymous said...

Dear Jusiper,

Your depiction of Europe as insensitive to the needs of others is inaccurate at best. The fact is:

1) France, with a population of 65 million, gave 10.9 US billion in developmental aid in 2008
2) Germany, with a population of 82 million, gave 13.9 US billion in developmental aid in 2008
3) The Netherlands, with a population of 16 million, gave 6.9 billion
4) the European Union, AS A WHOLE AND IN ADDITION TO THE INDIVIDUAL MEMBER STATES, with a population of 500 million, gave 14 billion - most of it to a bunch of people they don't like.

5) MEANWHILE, The US, with a population of 300 million, gave 26 billion in developmental aid BUT since 5 billion of that went to the "development" of Iraq and Afghanistan, I think we should cut that back to 20 billion.
The truth of the matter is that, when it comes to aid, the US is like Pat Robertson. Shame on you for promoting the US "holier than thou" attitude of throwing rocks in Europe's ceiling when its own ceiling is made of "New Orleans" wood.

Just in case you don't believe me, here is the link to the OECD report :http://www.oecd.org/countrylist/0,2578,en_2649_34447_1783495_1_1_1_1,00.html

Sini said...

Let's wait and see how much Europe raises for Haiti. I expect the U.S. will outraise them, maybe 3 to 1. As for Iraq and Afghanistan, we certainly shouldn't ignore how much of Old Europe's developmental assistance is going there, not to mention trading partners like China and India, which are hardly in need of their minimal development aid. In short, Old Europe's development aid is hardly more idealistic.

The only heroes in this gam are the nations of Scandinavia, which donate far more in terms of GNP than other European nations as well as the U.S. One might be tempted to include the Netherlands, except that the bulk of its aid didn't end up going to Africa's top oil producers.

Note, too, the degree to which the EC's aid goes to bordering states, such as number one recipient Turkey: more an investment in security than aid.

Note, too, the large amount of aid to Palestine, ironic indeed when one considers the degree of hatred expressed to Muslims within Old Europe's old borders.

This blog has frequently remarked on the necessity for larger and more responsible foreign aid outlays in the U.S., so I will certainly accept the Pat Robertson analogy. But outside of Scandinavia, Europe's foreign aid policy is about idealistic as France's trade policy... in short, less respectable than Pat Robertson.

As I have further pointed out, with frequency, Europe is decades behind the U.S. when it comes to racial attitudes generally. But Europe does have one area that the U.S. can learn from, which is its social welfare policy. That's easier to achieve, when 1) nations are not responsible for their own security and 2) they believe, and work to further, a sense of nationhood that is based on language, culture and race. This Europe has in spades.

But as Italy, France, Germany and the Netherlands prove every day, even these policies prove a bit more expendable when #2 runs into the reality of changing ethnic and racial demographics.

The U.S. has a lot more to learn from Canada than it will ever have to learn from Europe.

Sini said...

Looks like I was wrong. The U.S. is outraising Europe by an order of magnitude, not 3-1, and that's just looking at cash.