OK everyone. I can't keep quiet anymore! I am so tired of reading comments about how "we should be helping our own people first" and not helping the people of Haiti!
In the U.S., when you are hungry, there is a food bank... when you are sick, it is ILLEGAL for you to be turned away at a hospital... when you have no job, there is unemployment... and when you are homeless, there is a shelter! I know that this country is not perfect, but on our worst day... we are better off , than the best days in Haiti.
I would think as Americans, you would feel a kinship with Haiti. The Haitian people were slaves from Africa, who rebelled against their captors, and won... they created their own country so they could live in peace! Sound familiar? They have been ravaged by war, natural disasters and greedy leaders... Sound familiar? Read the history of Haiti here!
After 9/11 the world donated money, search teams and resources to us... After Katrina they did the same. See the list here!
If you want to know what would happen, if we just left Haiti to help themselves... with no infrastructure or medicine... With no security and no schools...
TAKE A LOOK AT AFGHANISTAN!
That country was ravaged by war ( which we were involved with... secretly), and when they needed schools and hospitals... we left! The people with the biggest guns took over and resented those who left them alone... US!
And look at where we are now... Back in Afghanistan!
So if you think that it is stupid for us to be lending a helping hand to the Haitian people... Imagine what would happen in 20 years, with a country 250 miles off of our coast if we didn't help!
And by the way... The same RED CROSS that is in Haiti right now helping the victims... Is in L.A. helping Americans who are flooded out of their homes, and they are the same RED CROSS who were here in Mass. last winter when the ice storm hit!
So, I wonder how someone who was raised in the greatest country on Earth, could write a comment on Facebook that says... "F*CK the people in Haiti, we have to worry about ourselves first!"
It makes me sick to read something like that! You should be ashamed of yourself!
I bet if you asked every Soldier and Marine on the ground in Afghanistan right now... "Would you rather be shooting people or helping to save orphaned children"? They would say... I'd rather save the children...
The men and women of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines are in Haiti right now doing what many people will not... They are helping! Once again, they make me proud to be an American!