This fact is illustrated by the utter disregard the United States of America and particularly the Bush administration has for the victims of the latest natural disaster in Asia. There are so many ways that the numbers illustrate the inhumanity of the Bush administration.
How about the simple comparison of the expenditures on the Iraq conflict with the offer of aid three days after the tsunami struck? The Bush administration spent more than 87 billion dollars on the first year in the Iraq conflict. That corresponds to more than 1 billion dollars a week. The Bush administration offered 15 million dollars three days after the tsunami hit Asia. Isn't this number rather bleak?
Let's try another comparison. The British offered 15 million pounds about the same time the Bush administration offered 15 million dollars. That seems about the same in the average Americans mind, doesn't it? But the exchange rate for dollars to pounds is about two to one. Therefore, the British government offered about twice as much as the American government. But, they actually offered more of their resources than the American government did. If we compare the Gross National products of the two countries we would see that the GNP of Britain is about 1.4 trillion dollars and the GNP of the USA is about 10 trillion. So, Britain offered about 15 times as much as the US based on GNP. But, the USA brags about being the richest country on earth, which means that based on per capita earnings each person in the US actually makes more money than a person living in Britain. Finally, when the US realized that 15 million dollars was such a paltry sum they upped their offer to 35 million dollars. Likewise, the British upped their offer to 50 million pounds. So, not only did the British out do the USA on their contribution, but also they out did this administration by more than a factor of twenty when based on GNP or per capita earnings or just about any other measure available.
Maybe the Bush administration believes that people should just pull themselves up by their bootstraps and fix their problems themselves. This is the traditional Republican rhetoric. So, this may be why the big strong economic power of the USA doesn't want to help out these poor third world people who are suffering this tragedy. But, if this is true, why did the Federal government help out Florida when they were struck by four hurricanes this year? Not only that, but fewer than 100 people were killed by those four hurricanes in Florida and the USA spent 11 billion dollars repairing the damage. Shouldn't the Floridians live up to the same standards that the Bush administration is asking of the victims in Asian? Of course, the 2004 election required the votes of the Floridians if Bush wanted to be re-elected, and he got them. Since the Asians don't vote in US elections, it doesn't matter if over 100,000 people died because of this natural disaster.
The point is, the Bush administration just doesn't care about the rest of the world. He has no feelings for those who are outside of our country and his economic class. The Europeans, including the British, have offered much more in the way of help than the USA and they deserve to be praised for their effort, while the Bush administration should be chastised for their lack of effort and lack of humanity.
They need to ask themselves, "What would Jesus do?"