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Sep. 2nd, 2005 10:46 pm
update to earlier cynicism: FEMA is apparently directing people to send their 'aid dollars' via Pat Robertson: http://www.electric-escape.net/node/950 (electricescape)

(NB: the FEMA page appears to have been modified since that was spotted)

By manipulating the aid process and diverting resources, Bush is now killing civilians in his own country to further his religious policies.

From: redcountess
Date: September 2nd, 2005 - 10:23 pm (Link)
That's why it's best to donate via one of the NGOs!
From: jennifoot
Date: September 2nd, 2005 - 11:03 pm (Link)
None of the charities listed on the FEMA page are run by the government. (assuming that by NGO you meant Non Governmental Organizations)
From: jennifoot
Date: September 2nd, 2005 - 11:01 pm (Link)
Just because Pat Robertson's charity is listed on a page of charities does not mean FEMA is directing anyone to do anything.

I would rather the gov't have a page like that listing all available charities they have been made aware of (most of which happen to be religious because there are not many non-religious charities out there) rather than have people wringing their hands saying "I want to help but don't know where to send my money".

And also, I am no fan of Bush, but, following your logic, shouldn't you be saying that people are killing themselves because they elected Bush? Pointing fingers will not help right now unless that finger is on a donate button or on a purchase button for airline tickets to fly where the help is needed.
From: wechsler
Date: September 3rd, 2005 - 09:42 am (Link)
As per the electric-escape article, Robertson's charity was clearly given disproportionate importance on that page before it was modified. And there were, apparently, some rather odd omissions from that page.

I find it surprising that "there are not many non-religious charities out there", as most UK charities are non-religious; I can only think of one major one that is overtly Christian.

And yes, the logic would state that people who voted in Bush are (indirectly, and to a lesser degree) responsible for the current deficiencies in the relief effort, as much as they are for his policies in Iraq. There's no point disregarding that logic just because it happens to be uncomfortable.

The line about "pointing fingers not helping" is straight out of the shared neocon-blairite dictionary; the excuse that blame should be swept aside serves no purpose other than let the guilty off the hook. Calling them to account, on the other hand, may just save lives next time.

Much as many may be keen to claim it, examining the political decisions that affect such a tragedy in no way excludes providing resources and assistance to those affected - any more than, for example, seeking to understand the root causes of terrorism can be taken as excusing or supporting it. The insult to the victims lies not in trying to understand those factors affecting their plight, but in ignoring them to save political discomfort.
From: meico
Date: September 4th, 2005 - 03:07 pm (Link)
Very well said. Thanks for saying it (before I had to).
From: jennifoot
Date: September 5th, 2005 - 11:38 pm (Link)
I never said you shouldn't point fingers. I applaud finger pointing when appropriate but, just that right now (when I posted the original comment) is not the time while there are still people dying. It makes me sad that people would rather nit pick situations than figure out ways to save lives.
From: wechsler
Date: September 6th, 2005 - 07:51 am (Link)
As I stated very clearly, the two are in no way mutually exclusive. Apart from those who can actually help physically on the ground, all that the vast majority of us can do is donate cash - which takes at most 15 minutes online.

And when this sort of shit is being pulled, it needs to be called on, immediately.