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Tsunami prejudices


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Okay, here's my rant for this evening:

I went into Wal-Mart today and had the distinct pleasure of running into a cashier who was selflessly selling paper balloons to help raise money for the Children's Miracle Network (for kids with cancer). He was boasting that over the last two months alone he's raised over $4,000 for the cause. After he told me this, I let him know I thought he was doing a very good thing, and that he should be proud of how much he's helped a lot of people so far, but with one comment I managed to enrage him a great deal, and in the process leave me wondering just what we've come to in the U.S. these days.

What was the comment? I told him that I thought Wal-Mart should sick him on the Tsunami relief fund for a while, considering how great a tragedy it has become. His opinion, which he made very clear to me, was that "any money we send over to them will just go to help them make weapons."

Perhaps I'm over-reacting a bit, but for me that comment was an absolutely horrifying thing to hear someone actually believe in. I'm honestly not sure which was the worst part: the fact that he was giving a very bad stereotype to a certain group of people or the fact that he actually reasoned out somewhere in his mind that people affected by the tragedy would even have the resources and desire to make weapons after losing practically everything.

I'm curious to know if anyone else has encountered this kind of thinking lately, or if what I witnessed was just a one person fluke.
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ive heard peopel say stuff liek that too me. but see i dont get it because any money going into the fund is being used by churches and the redcross and whatnot buying food and water for them.

they are not being given weapons or w/e, nor are they just given money and told go have fun.

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Well, if history has shown us anything, his fears are well founded, if a gross inaccuracy anyways...

For example, the 9-11 terrorists were well funded and trained by our own CIA agents. Is it not such a stretch to believe that a group of impoverished people, lead by an outdated, often times tyrannical, governmental system to stoop so low as to steal money from the Red Cross relief funds?

Just something to think on.

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I saw some pretty gruesome footage and pictures of the tsunami, they need all the help they can get. The water lines are strewn with dead, mutilated bodies. I personally haven't heard much predjudice though I haven't talked with anyone about it yet. It's sad that so many people died, and we should help out. But... the less people there are in the world, the more there is for the living. There are worse things than death. Over-population is just a means to the end.

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buying food and water for them.

sorry but I have to point out your choice of words, I think the last thing they want to see right now is water :rolleyes: but I guess they would need water with all that salt water entering their freshwater supplies.

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Well I’ve heard some comments on that part of the world. There was a terrible bombing which was caused by extremists there in Bali. The majority of the people are Muslim and had huge issues with us due to our engagement with Afghanistan and then of course Iraq. Due to these issues a few people think that that is what they deserve. Sad point of view but they see things that way. Well those people are getting a big dose of what America is really all about. They already have too much money, food and medicine to use as it is now and we are working to get it to all the people who need it. We did that a hell of a lot fast than we would have if we were to bomb them. It’s real sad that there are people in the US that think that way. Yeah there are hungry people here in the states. But at least they have resources. There are a ton of jobs here and you are free to move to an area to get that job and eat. You can go to a free clinic and get some medicine. You can get help from the Federal Government, the state government, the city government, your local church or soup kitchen. Those people in the area around the tsunami don’t have a pot to piss in and no infrastructure to help them. I think by helping these people they and the rest of the world will get a chance to see what kind of people we really are and. But more importantly we do the right thing for humanity. We should never let a place like Somalia keep us from trying to help out those in need.
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But the problem is, what are they going to use the money on? We can't force them into helping their own people, afterall.

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Theres a whole list of crazy things people do as americans... Look back after 9-11 the father sueing all of a suden cause god was in the pledge... People making the most retarded lawsuits. Some lady sued a train company cause she had her hand out as a train passed by and is sueing cause the company didn't warn her it was coming by her.

And honestly, the Tsunami relief is important and they won't be using it to buy weapons.

Whoever remarked, "They bought weapons with the money" no we actually gave them weapons to fight the evil soviet empire
:rolleyes: Then, Osoma Bin Laden's troops etc. ran into a problem, which I can't think of at this moment, and we didn't help them when they needed it. So they got ticked off at America, and still had weapons.

Theres more to America's stupidity then this...

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when ppl give it makes them feel better, but most give so that others leave them alone about the problems that face our world everyday, and some dont even give for the right reasons, but jsut for bragging purposes
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I don't believe they have the resources right now to even consider building Weapuns of Mash Deztrukshun. Yea that is a silly thought. Quite ignorant really. But hell that's the attitude of a lot of people I guess in America. Very distrusting. Ironically they distrust us just as much. Oh What to do? What to do?

Better we do something to help those poor people out, than nothing at all right?

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If we only gave money to those countries where we didn't have fear of retribution with weapons, who would we help? Given enough money, even the smallest and most benign country could end up buying weapons and use them against us/others.

I believe that given the circumstances of those countries and the vast amount of destruction and loss that they have suffered, building weapons of mass destruction would be the last thing on their minds. At least I'd like to hope they weren't thinking that way. But if we didn't help them and turned a blind eye to their plight, what kind of country/people would we be? Certainly not a country I could be proud of.

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Hahaha. What a moron. That guy should be put to sleep. Right now, the way i see it.. Those kids are only going to be part of the nation.. our nation, that'll build the weapons to fight people like them. (I'm not saying we should raise money for the kids. By all means, their kids.. their our future. Im just seeing them as more dangerous than the poor people that suffered with that awful... thing.)
Plus, that country was so poor to begin with.. Ugh.
Another rant about the Tsunami. I hate how we're focusing upon the 'model'. Who cares? Shes famous, shes got money, she didnt loose any family, she can fix herself and her fake boobs. We should be focusing on the every day people of the country, like the woman who lost her home, her husband and all 11 of her children. That right there is more brave than what that .. 'model' went through. This country sucks. End of story.

Edited by BleedingWolf, 10 January 2005 - 12:31 PM.





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