$350 million in international aid for tsunami aid is impressive, a healthy donation. I don’t wish to diminish its value, but let’s keep things in perspective:
…The war in Iraq has cost $130 billion to date (per the Office of Management and Budget). Given that we invaded Iraq 20 March 2003, that comes to 656 days since the invasion, which in turn equals $198,730,732 per day. In other words, the total amount committed by the US government to date for tsunami relief — $350,000,000 — equals 42.27 hours of the cost of the war in Iraq.
Colin Powell has been talking about U.S. donations as an opportunity to show the Muslim world that the U.S. is generous, un-evil, has priorities straight.
“…its $350 million for the victims of last week’s earthquake and tsunami “does give the Muslim world and the rest of the world an opportunity to see American generosity, American values in action.”
I guess Powell assumes that affected Muslims won’t do math similar to above.