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  •  With all due respect, one feels helpless to help (3+ / 0-)
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    vets74, Plubius, journeyman

    I was listening to NPR the other day and some "financial expert" was explaining why it's difficult to help Japan, and while I think he was being deliberately provocative, he made an interesting, troubling point.

    He was basically advising not to donate money to Japanese recovery because lack of money is not Japan's problem.  Japan has lots of money.  If you donate money to the Red Cross for Japan, none of it is going to go there because of the way the RC works in rich countries.

    Really what Japan needs is physical help.  It's systems have collapsed.  They can't deliver food and water because the roads are clogged, and they can't unclog the roads because there are severe fuel shortages and the fuel shortages in the north exist because the roads are clogged, and ... you get the idea.

    All the while the attention and resources of the government are concentrated on preventing the meltdown of several nuclear reactors and spent fuel pools.

    I guess what I'm saying is that Japan needs physical help -- fuel barges to deliver fuel to the north, helicopter drops of food and water, things like that -- and from here almost none of us are in the position to do that.

    It's a tragic situation.

    •  No worries (1+ / 0-)
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      Japan is rich; and needs our help. If you are worried about your donation not going to Japan, check out a charity at Charity Navigator to see if there funds are directed or undirected.  Link.

      As for helping Japan right not, some of the charities are doing just that.  Doctors Without Borders, Shelter Box.  Feel free to read all about it at

      Further, the US military is doing a lot of heavy lifting right now:

      -- we sent a flotilla, including a carrier,  to aid in search and rescue
      -- our marines are cleaning out Sendai airport to allow for airlifts
      -- HAST has been deployed
      -- our bomb squad techies have lent robots to check out the nuclear reactor core
       and so forth

    •  They will need money too. (0+ / 0-)

      There are something on the order of a half a million people without homes as a result of this.  Those people are going to need to rebuild their lives.  Even after they get their immediate physical needs taken care of, they are going to need much, much more help.

      "I always found it interesting that people would cast aspersions on failure, as if it were a bad thing." -- Michael Steele, RNC Chairman

      by journeyman on Thu Mar 24, 2011 at 09:46:43 AM PDT

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