Sunday, October 09, 2005

EarthQuake Relief

It is time to step up again for earthquake relief in Southern Asia---- Old North State at Daily Kos has a great list of charities that are reputable and perform immediate disaester relief:

http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

http://www.oxfamamerica.org/

http://www.oxfam.org.uk/what_you_can_do/give_to_oxfam/donate/asian_quake.htm

Unicef http://www.unicef.org

Kashmir International Relief Fund http://www.kirf.org

Red Cross/ Red Crescent http://www.ifrc.org

www.mercycorps.com

http://www.savethechildren.org/

http://www.directrelief.org/

http://www.opusa.org/


On a side note, an effective, massive and well publicized US led relief effort could continue to rebuild some of the soft power that has been lost over the past three years. Once the US started to respond effectively to the tsunami, global opinions of the US went up, as this is an act of good citizenship and a demonstration of our ideals in action. Additionally, it is a statement that a government can provide public goods that insurgencies can not. So besides the moral and humanitarian reasons to intervene and dig into the wallet once more, there is a positive geo-strategic reason to do so also.

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