If I were the leader of Japan, I would tell the United States, thanks but ummmmm no thanks! In a nation whose coast was devastated last Friday by a tsunami spawned by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, the Japanese people have begun the cleanup, in spite of the pending dangers of a nuclear disaster. It's been four days. If Haiti is an example of American help.......... pass.
But look closer to home.
The Haitian earthquake struck 14 months ago, killing 316,000
3,000,000 people to lose their homes
More than 1,000,000 people STILL displaced
More than a million displaced people STILL live under tents and tarpaulins. International donors promised Haiti $5.3 billion at a March 2010 donor’s conference; but reconstruction, of the build-back-better kind envisioned at the conference, has barely begun.
Officials’ sole point of pride six months after the earthquake — that disease and violence had been averted — vanished with the outbreak of cholera.
As of mid-December, 2010, a cholera outbreak had claimed more than 2,100 lives with over 47,000 hospitalized