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open letter to our President - 1370°C

Sep. 5th, 2005

03:59 pm - open letter to our President

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Dear Mr. President,

On August 30th, you received an offer from Cuban President Fidel Castro, offering to send 1500 doctors and countless medical supplies immediately to the US to help the victims of hurricane Katrina. On Friday, you publically acknowledged the countries who had offered their assistance, and left Mr. Castro off the list. Saturday, he not only reiterated his offer, but now more than 1500 of Cuba's medical personnel--renowned for their medical skill particularly in disaster situations--are actively standing by waiting for you to accept Mr. Castro's offer. It has now been 48 hours since he reiterated his offer to you, and you have neither responded to him nor acknowledged his offer of help to the American public.

While researching this issue, I learned two things that I didn't know before today, and for that I am embarassed for myself and my country.

First, that Cuba's humanitarian efforts to aid other countries are world-renowned, and Castro happily sends his medical teams anywhere in the world they are needed, regardless of ideological differences. Currently, there are approximately 25,000 medical personnel providing free assistance in over 60 countries.

Second, Castro made a similar offer after September 11th, and you refused. Now, I suppose I can understand this. At the time, most of our military and emergency personnel were on US soil, we had the FEMA funds to deal with it on our own, and, though the incidents were a tragedy, they were fairly localised and did not leave thousands of people without basic life necessities. The situation now is quite different. We have shown in the last week that we are, for one reason or another, totally incapable of dealing with Katrina's aftermath on our own.

Please sir. Do what you've been asking Congress and the Nation to do for 5 years now; put aside unnecessary politics. You may not agree with Mr. Castro's ideological stances, but in the wake of this disaster, political disagreements have no place. He is not only willing to send help, he has already made the preparations and the medical teams are simply waiting for your ok. The citizens of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama need you to swallow your pride and put aside your politics.

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From:pixink
Date:September 5th, 2005 09:13 am (UTC)
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Well said.
...that makes me want to set something on fire.
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From:_wirehead_
Date:September 5th, 2005 09:28 am (UTC)
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*angry*

*helpless*
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From:ilcylic
Date:September 5th, 2005 10:02 am (UTC)
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I dunno.

Though I doubt this is what is going through the President's head, there are many principled reasons to reject aid for Katrins from foreign governments.

In fact, let me go so far as to say that I am certain that this is not what the President is thinking.

All of the funds that a foreign government has, just as all of the funds that our government has, are stolen property. Accepting them would be no more justified than if you were in dire straits, and I mugged Kat to help you out.

-Ogre
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:September 5th, 2005 10:41 am (UTC)
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well, that's surely not what he's thinking. but part of the point is that Castro's not offering money *exactly*...yes, there are funds needed to fly the Doctors over and to purchase the medical supplies. but the real tragedy, i think, is that there are 1500 people ready to volunteer their time for this cause and Shrub is likely to tell them to put a sock in it.
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From:ad_radian
Date:September 5th, 2005 09:13 pm (UTC)

Only want to state the obvious and say

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that Bush is a total A55H013
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From:elvendude
Date:September 11th, 2005 09:56 am (UTC)
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I was not aware of this.

This disturbs me.
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