As I write the Red Cross estimates over 45,000 dead. That's an entire
stadium. This is the worst disaster in the western hemisphere. It's
even worse than the 2004 tsunami that hit Thailand. Who knows what the
final estimate will be a week from now. Some estimate over 100,000.
Why should we help Haiti? If you have trouble making
this connection then consider Haiti's history. I'm no historian or
political expert but like you I have some basic understanding about
military power and the capitalistic drive that maintains our
first-world version of freedom and wealth. The U.S., France, England,
Spain, the Dutch, Germany, and many other European countries have built
their world power crusading and exploiting the world over. This has
ultimately produced the people of the Caribbean as we know it. It's
like the mob going legit after they've sold off their empire. Like it
or not you and I enjoy this- indirectly.
One word- RESPECT. To feel for them during
this crisis is having a sense of humanity. To respect is to support. To
support is to give. President Obama announced a $100 million relief
package today. Compare that to the $1 billion it cost (at its max) per
day for U.S. occupation in Iraq for the last 7 years. Surely we can put
aside our personal interests for just one second to do the right thing.