Seems the nations of the world are at war again; however, this time it’s not on whether to invade Iraq or another UN resolution on the Israeli / Palestian conflict. This time its a bidding war on which country can give the most money in aid contributions to SE Asia for the tsunami relief.
So far Australia ($US760 million), Germany ($US674 million) and Japan ($US500 million) are the top 3 contributors in aid relief (according to this article in The Age). You know I rarely feel any national pride for Australia (being a New Zealander an all that) but it really makes me feel good to know that our country is leading the way in international aid during this crisis.
And to top that off, Australias private donations have topped $A100 million today – I can not believe the outpouring of public sympathy. While this has been a tragic event, maybe some good will come out of it. In particular, I hope that the large Muslim population in Indonesia take note of our giving and the distinct lack of giving from their Muslim brothers in the Arab Gulf ($US50 million at last count).