Friday, September 02, 2005

Rory Takes Over!

This post is actually courtesy of Rory, though I’ve edited it together, so don’t blame her for the wording -- simply the content. Well, not blame... oh you know what I mean.

Ariel Sharon has written to Bush, and he’s offering to send Israeli doctors and nurses as well as field hospitals, medical supplies for existing hospitals and equipment to set up temporary housing to the areas affected by the hurricane.

I just saw that same crawl again and what it said exactly is that Sharon is offering to send “hundreds of Israeli doctors, nurses and specialists” in addition to the equipment I mentioned. For a country as small as Israel, I would think sending that many highly trained medical people would constitute a significant contribution.

Apparently Jack Straw, the British Foreign Secretary (and a real [bleep!] as far as I’m concerned) said that, contrary to a report in the Financial Times of London, European nations were not going to release some of their emergency petroleum reserves to help the U.S. I don’t know what, if anything else, they may do, but I thought this was an interesting contrast to the report about what Israel has offered to do to help us.

Also, Patrick over at Clarity & Resolve has a link to the ASPCA’s disaster relief fund. Maybe, you’d want to put up their website, since you seem to have a lot of animal lovers visiting your blog.

All of this was great info to know, Rory. Thanks! Animal lovers, please check out Patrick’s post that I linked to above.


At 9:57 AM, Blogger rockmother said...

Jack Straw - A "bleep" goyisha Jew. Don't take much notice of me. Reaction probably coloured by an impending interaction with a British supermarket.

Willing to bet that the BBC (famously biased) will not take note of the Israeli offers of help!

At 11:50 AM, Blogger Esther said...

RM, Rory and I aren't expecting too many others to take notice of Israel's offer either. But you're so right about the BBC.

At 6:06 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Esther and Rory - Thanks for this - I was looking for news that Israel has offered to help. I guess you know by now that Karen has posted a comment saying she's OK?

At 7:08 PM, Blogger Esther said...

No, I hadn't Mark! Thanks for letting us know!!

At 7:32 PM, Blogger beakerkin said...

Esther do not forget 1000 of my coworkers are enroute. I volunteered but was not selected.

At 10:30 PM, Blogger patrickafir said...

Red rover, red rover, let Rory take over! It's good to see 'er finally en blogue.

Israel always helps those in need during times of crisis, even its enemies. Not that anyone notices.

Anyone who wants to link to the ASPCA's Disaster Relief Fund for animals can do so through this link, and I made a graphic that you can use as a button, which is at this link.

At 8:51 AM, Blogger Esther said...

Patrick, you rule! I'm going to put that link up right away on my sidebar! My question -- how did they get that baby picture of my cat? I swear, that's exactly what she looked like when I adopted her at 6 weeks old. WILD.

At 8:52 AM, Blogger Esther said...

Beak, your coworkers AND YOU are all amazing people.

At 8:57 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

Straw is a jackass and always was. I don't expect any real help from anyone else in the world. At this point I am starting to think that we should not always rush to help out other countries anymore. As well, notice how once again the UN has done nothing of value for America. Can anyone tell me why we are still apart of this useless organization. They want, and want and want from the US but they are never, never , never there to help the US in our times of need.

At 2:06 PM, Blogger Warren said...

We're getting offers of help. I'm sure that some of them are sincere even if they don't expect us to take them up.

Truthfully, the US is better prepared for this kind of emergency than any other Nation. We 'have' the resources and infrastructure.

At 2:20 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Gindy, Jack Straw.....burns me up. And Warren is right from what I've been seeing. We have gotten offers from other countries. But I bet I can guess several who aren't on that list.

At 5:59 PM, Blogger Warren said...

Gindy, I understand your outrage but helping others is what we do and we do it without expectation of return, (G-d knows we have seen a lot of butt cracks lately). Its one of the things that has made us unique. We do it to help people, not their governments. We do it because its the right thing to do.

At 5:54 AM, Anonymous Rory said...

I don't know that we can say the U.S. is "unique" in that respect, if you consider what the Israelis have done. They've offered their expertise to countries in need, even to those who are their mortal enemies, like Iran, after they suffered a devastating earthquake. But they continue to try to help because, unfortunately, they have altogether too much experience dealing with crisis situations. That's why they were among the first on the scene after the bombings of our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and they immediately offered to help those tsunami-stricken countries, knowing that some of them were overwhelmingly Muslim and might even turn around and tell them what they could do with their offer of help.

At 5:01 PM, Blogger Warren said...

Rory, I would be hard pressed to name any
"one" aspect that would be unique. That is why I said, one of the things.

That doesn't subtract from the basic goodness of Israelis or Americans as a people. Nor is it meant as a slight.


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