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Attila the Pun
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
 
Grrr Redux

Yep, the SMH never fails to disappoint:

Indonesia is right up on our doorstep. Why are we not sending ships, helicopters, anything to Simeulu? Why has the Indonesian Government not requested this? Why is our military off mucking about in a token war when we REALLY need them here?

Cathy Bannister

Cathy gets some points for realising that Australia would be ill-advised to send military craft without Indonesia's blessing, but then loses it all by trotting out the "if the 700 troops weren't in Iraq they could be helping out here" meme.

How hard is it to send a few planes to take all Australians back home. All other countries have.

DJ

How hard is it to make stupid comments on an online forum? Not very apparently. Hey DJ - there are around 6000 Australians in the affected areas. That is more than a "few planes".

This is a very sad time for all of SE Asia. Prays must go out to all the nations involved in this tragedy. With the death toll continuing to rise we pray that there is some miracles of people surviving in this terrible time. May God bless those who have lost love ones and may all the nations (Especially the US)dig deep to help with Medical & Food supplies for those hanging on.

Shaun B.

Its like a disease that can strike at any time. I can't argue with the majority of Shaun's comments, but he just can't help himself with the "Especially the US" line. I would have thought that the UK, France and the Netherlands, as ex-colonial masters, would have been under a greater moral burden to assist. The US will assist of course, and will get little credit for it, of course.

I believe such natural forces/happenings have been going on for centuries and will continue given the geology, etc of the planet. The reason such happenings turn into disaster is because humans happen to be "in the way". Bazaar as it sounds, resources would be better spent on staying away and/or predicting such events. They are here to stay. Our reactive culture is partly to blame. Cities like Tokyo, San Fran, Darwin continue with the urban spawl despite the obvious risk.

Ricki hills

Wait - resources would be better spent on staying away or predicting "natural forces", rather than helping the millions affected by them? wtf? Oh, I get it - it was the stupid human's fault for being "in the way". And our "reactive culture" (reacting by helping the survivors presumably) is "partly to blame" as well. Oh, and Darwin, if you get hit by another cyclone - it is your fauly for continuing to grow, "despite the obvious risk".

We are shocked that possible 100,000 will eventually be found to have died. We are sad to think that the expenditure of a few $m might have saved most if not all of those. We are shocked and sad at such needless loss of life, yet we ignore the fact we spend $b's so that we can kill just as many in the pursuit of a new world order.Parents holding dead children in their arms ........ Sad indeed!

Rubens Camejo

If talking in the "royal we" were not warning enough, the uttering of "new world order" surely is. Hey Rubens, the NWO is soooo 90's man. And what the hell is that final line - is he trying to sound ironic?

Feel that I have just woken from a dream . Iraq never really happened and 100000 thousand Iraqi people havn't died .The Coalition of the willing didn't kill them and we dont have to send them aid after all . In fact we can now forget the dream and hope that the purposeful killing of humans will never happen like we hope we never ever see another Tsunami. Problem is both these tradgedies happened but I dont see the enormous concern for Iraqis . Dare I ask why ? Nature is one thing deliberate bombing is another

john g

Gee, who predicted that the "100,000 dead" lie would enter the popular fevered imagination? It is interesting to see a similar thought process going on in the mind of the loonies regarding Saddam and the tsunami. When talking about removing Saddam on the grounds that he was a bloodthirsty dictator, they would say "why him, why not ?" Now we have "why all this sympathy for tsunami victims, but none for ?" Its like they think that you morally can't help anywhere unless you help everywhere, ignoring the impossibility of that task.

It just goes to show how the media drives our sympathies and dollar...As much as the tsunami disaster is a great tragedy, with what will no doubt be (in the end) close to 100,000 deaths, the media so conveniently forgets that some 300,000 Sudanese will die if they do get relief aid in time. And closer to 1 MILLION will die if they don't. Where's the daily coverage and outpouring of funds for that tragedy?

J Morrison

Thanks for making my point J.

I cant help but wonder, how as a country can we justify the hundreds of millions spent on the Iraq war, yet our Government allocates a meagre ten million to such a disaster, shows you where our priorities are.

john Smith

Everybody wants to help me out! His now out of date $10 million figure shows the danger of making snide comments regarding time sensitive information. Sort of like me mocking the French earlier. They obviously heard, as they have now ponied up 15 million euros. The Amazon appeal meanwhile, is close to breaking the $US 3 million mark.

UPDATE - It is interesting to note that the Age's forum is only filled with expressions of sympathy and requests for information regarding the missing. Perhaps there is hope for their readership yet.

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