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A week or so ago I was wondering to myself why the Pakistani floods where not having the sort of attention and international response as the earthquake in Haiti. It was more of a rhetorical question in reality. I don’t think it takes a genius to figure out that the lack of response has a lot to do with politics and religion. I did a quick google search to see if I could find any articles on this exact topic, and came across an article entitled “Why are we less generous towards Pakistan than we were towards Haiti?” I really had high hopes that the article would touch on the root causes of the differences in response, but the only truly relative point was: “But I suspect it runs deeper than Zardari’s spectacular stupidity. The image of Pakistan in this country has never been lower. The 7/7 bomb attacks of 2005 and the foiling of numerous subsequent plots has inextricably linked Pakistan with terrrorism. Could this have led people to turn a deaf ear to appeals for help?” And that’s where the analysis ended. The author never touched on religion, politics, or anything else really.
- “To hear we (UK) have donated only 5 million pounds is a disgrace. Indeed it is, no one asked me if my hard earnt taxes should be squandered in this fashion. Truly appalling!”
- “Why are we less generous towards Pakistan than we were to Haiti? Because Haitian people have not organized themselves to try and kills us, that’s why. Because Haitian people do not put their women in bin liners, that’s why. Whatever may be the problems that Haitian people have inflicted upon themselves over the last two centuries, they have kept themselves to themselves and not tried to export them. That’s why.”
- “It’s madness to expect infidels, us Brits, to give money to a country with a nuclear programme that’s headed up by a corrupt president.?
- “Because since 1947 their medieval male dominated culture has irresponsibly increased the population from 31 million to an unsustainable 117 million ensuring continued poverty. It’s because normal Pakistanis refuse to join the 21st century, preferring to give their corrupt dynastic leaders a free ride on a flying carpet of corruption, intolerance and ignorance rather than the boot. I could go on, but that would be ungracious.”
- “Pakistan is much richer than Haiti and has the resources.”
- “Seriously, if you are able to make a nuclear bomb, you should be able to help your people in a time of a natural disaster.”
I was at Fed Ex Office earlier this week (I kinda miss that it’s not Kinko’s anymore, kind of like Costco always really being Price Club) printing out some donation letters I was working on, and I noticed an older gentleman trying to make some copies at the copier next to mine. He seemed thoroughly aggravated with the lack of success he was having at making his copies. I would be too, if my copies were coming out as blank pages. Part of me wanted to help him figure out what was going on, another part of me was saying: the Fed Ex guy can see just as clearly what’s going on, and this guy was trying to get the copier to work before I got there…so Lord only knows what’s been going or for how long. I think my reluctance, sadly, also had to do with the fact that I was getting charged by the minute to print out my stuff…and those minutes rack up pretty quickly when you have to wait for each document to open. Needless to say, I decided not to play good samaritan, shame on me.
We have had and have coming up some pretty exciting things this Summer. My coworker Rama got married, followed by our good friend Abby, and coming up in a couple weeks, Julian and Erika will tie the knot! Jeff and I also got to meet up with Aaron and Dana, who we hadn’t seen in forever. Dana and I met in college, and I’m glad that we’ve kept our friendship going through the years. I think the best part of meeting up was noticing how well Jeff and Aaron got along. I just wish they lived closer!
So you know when you’re having a shitty week, and it’s barely Tuesday? You know what keeps me going on weeks like those? Knowing that tomorrow is Wednesday. Known to most as “hump day,” to myself and a small group of very special people, Wednesday nights are TV Nights (“TVN” for short)(disclaimer: the actual night may vary depending on everyone’s schedules).