Thursday, January 06, 2005

Words v. Actions

A lot of good blogging has been done concerning the 'response' of the UN to the Tsunami crisis, as well as some good blogerage about the immense efforts of the US military to help the victims.

But one does not need to look all that far to see the difference between the two efforts. It can really be boiled down to one simple phrase: "Words v. Actions".

The UN effort has been what President Bush might refer to back on the ranch as "All hat, no cattle..."

Lets look at some of headlines concerning the UN response:
UN COORDINATES AID TO TSUNAMI SURVIVORS
Annan convenes emergency meeting to oversee UN tsunami relief
UN Warns Tsunami Death Toll Could Double
UN planning meeting with member states on tsunami aid

Well it seems that the UN is real good at coordinating, convening, warning, planning, and a whole bunch of talking. For a more in depth look at this pathology, go visit Diplomad for some depressing reading. (Edit: If you don't believe me, believe the esteemed Powerline blog!)

For a look at actual relief in action, lets turn to the US military:
US Military Expands Tsunami Aid Effort
US military at forefront of tsunami relief effort
Hospital Ship Mercy Sails for Indian Ocean
More Ships, Helicopters Arrive to Aid Tsunami Victims

Hopefully you can see the difference here. Words v. Actions.....

And to drive this point home, I offer you some actual images of these two different philosophies at work.

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Not to pour salt in the wound, but one can only show so many photos of the same UN "Relief Summit". One can however find a plethora of images of actual US relief actions in the region:










Truely a stark difference, wouldn't you say?