Today I overheard someone say "Im not giving money for Pakistan, I'm not funding those terrorists." I was stunned. While I'm sure this person isn't the only one who has this view, I was actually saddened FOR her, rather than by her. What depraved state of humanity must a person reach to think it is NOT the right answer to provide relief for other human beings in their time of dire need?
1/5th of Pakistan is under water. The rain continues. When the flooding deaths stop, the disease (cholera etc) deaths will start. The world will lose alot of poor innocent people - children, women and men. The majority of them were suffering long before the rains came - from poverty, from malnourishment, from illnesses, from illiteracy, from terrorists, from the corrupt governments that have ruled them for decades. 15 million people are affected - this is worse than the South Asia tsunami and the Haiti earthquake.
The affected people in Pakistan are not all terrorists. They're human beings like us. Punishing millions of innocent people for the sins of a micro minority of a religion or a nationality is wrong. It is against everything that makes this country great. It is against everything that makes me so proud to be american. That could me. It could be you. It could be our loved ones desparate for food, for shelter, for medicine, for caring, for love, for help.
The following is a Yahoo page regarding the situation in Pakistan http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_wl3431 At a minimum, I encourage you to read it. Afterwards, I encourage you to donate to one of the charities listed on the page if you find it in your heart to do so. This is our chance to make a difference, to impact lives. Literally.
There is only one race, the human race. Let's love it like we love ourselves. One world.
There but for the grace of god go we. Indeed.