Tuesday, January 04, 2005

U.N.movable Objects vs. Irresistable Need

The UN still hasn't gotten off its arse and Diplomad, once again, charges to the fore to expose their ineptitude and indifference to suffering. The opening paragraph of his report stills the blood, but it is a mere taste of horrors described below it:
Well, dear friends, we're now into the tenth day of the tsunami crisis and in this battered corner of Asia, the UN is nowhere to be seen -- unless you count at meetings, in five-star hotels, and holding press conferences.

Maybe its their way of reviving the devastated tourist industry by filling up the now vacant hotel rooms with useless bureaucrats who right now wouldn't be doing much of anything except taking up all the good parking spots in New York.

Still, there is good news: The coalition formed by America and its allies is getting the real work done (an oddly familiar refrain). Diplomad quotes a Dutch source, hence the funny English:
The US military has arrived and is clearly establishing its presence everywhere in Banda Aceh. They completely have taken over the military hospital, which was a mess until yesterday but is now completely up and running. They brought big stocks of medicines, materials for the operation room, teams of doctors, water and food. Most of the patients who were lying in the hospital untreated for a week have undergone medical treatment by the US teams by this afternoon. US military have unloaded lots of heavy vehicles and organize the logistics with Indonesian military near the airport. A big camp is being set up at a major square in the town. Huge generators are ready to provide electricity. US helicopters fly to places which haven't been reached for the whole week and drop food. The impression it makes on the people is also highly positive; finally something happens in the city of Banda Aceh and finally it seems some people are in control and are doing something. No talking but action. European countries are until now invisible on the ground. IOM staff (note: this is a USAID-funded organization) is very busy briefing the incoming Americans and Australians about the situation.

It seems America, though it was wrongfully maligned as "stingy" is still more effective than the UN and EUreaucrats combined.

In other tsunami news:

The American Spectator questions the theology of the nature lovers.

A native tribe was shooting arrows at relief helicopters. I see visions of Ewoks battling AT-ST's in Return of the Jedi.

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