It'sTime to Help Our Neighbours
(photo from AP)
I just spent a good few hours watching CNN. The destruction in the US Gulf states is beyond belief and very hard to watch. One wonders how those affected will be able to rebuild. Some communities are simply gone. It is like watching film of the day after Hiroshima.
What I want to know is how the world will react to this disaster. When this happens elsewhere Americans are first in with all the aid they can muster. We have a moral obligation to assist our friends and allies where we can. I plead with my Canadian readers to contact our federal members of parliament and respective provincial legislative representatives to demand they (we) help. Our federal treasury overflows with our tax dollars. There is a huge surplus. Let's use some of it to provide relief to those stricken in the US south.
We can surely send in teams of hydro workers to help repair electrical systems. Contractors can help with the cleanup and reconstruction. Let's get creative.
Is there a solitary Canuck out there that thinks the Americans wouldn't do everything they could to help us in a similar disaster?
Whether or not we help, Americans will dig in and get through this one as best they can. That is part of their spirit and they will need to draw on it now. Yes, the United States is a rich country, but even they have limits. We must help.
Time to step up to the plate folks. The need is great.