Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Tsunami Fraud

Mark Steyn on Canada's role in the Tsunami scam:

[..]in January, after the tsunami hit, [Paul Martin] flew into Sri Lanka to pledge millions and millions and millions in aid. Not like that heartless George W. Bush back at the ranch in Texas. Why, Prime Minister Martin walked along the ravaged coast of Kalumnai and was, reported Canada's CTV network, "visibly shaken." President Bush might well have been shaken, but he wasn't visible, and in the international compassion league that's what counts.

So Mr. Martin boldly pledged $425 million in Canadian tsunami relief. "Mr. Paul Martin has set a great example for the rest of the world leaders" raved the LankaWeb news service.

You know how much of that $425 million has been spent so far? Just $50,000 -- Canadian. That's about $40,000 in U.S. dollars. The rest isn't tied up in Indonesian bureaucracy; it's back in Ottawa. But, unlike horrible "unilateralist" America, Canada enjoys a reputation as the perfect global citizen, renowned for its commitment to the U.N. and multilateralism.

And on the beaches of Sri Lanka that and a buck will get you a strawberry daiquiri. Canada's contribution to tsunami relief is objectively useless and rhetorically fraudulent.
HT: Small Dead Animals.

1 Comment:

Aaron said...

The greater issue, though, is that according to the figures of the Asia Development Bank, there's 4 billion total missing.