The recent torrential rains and floods that struck Pakistan and caused widespread death and destruction have raised an important question: why -- after the outpouring of emotion after the Haitian earthquake--are Americans not leaping to their checkbooks in a sympathetic rush to send money to victims and NGO's supporting the relief effort?
There are a couple of reasons. Firstly, Haiti is geographically, right next door--it is in not only the Western Hemisphere, but the Northern Hemisphere. Proximity matters.
Secondly, I think there are many Americans--count me among them--who would like to see the oil rich Arab nations step up to the plate with their cash on this one--you know, the ones who use Pakistan to develop young Jihadi terrorists the way Major League Baseball uses the Dominican Republic to grow baseball players.
Finally--and this one probably lumps me into the category of misanthrope--I find it hard to reach for the checkbook to send aid to a country that has so prominently figured IN the worldwide Jihad, providing succor to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, with an intelligence service that has played on both sides of the fence for years. Yes--Pakistan is strategically important to us, and maintaining influence there is critically important. But I'll leave that relationship to the US government to manage. I manage my charitable giving, and I simply can't get the pen to meet the check on this one.