Skip to comments.Haiti Suffers Catastrophe of Major Proportions
Posted on 01/13/2010 5:51:06 AM PST by Patriot1259
First Lady of Haiti Begs For U.S. Hospital Ship; Capital of Port Au Prince in Ruins
In a press conference held just moments ago, Haitis Ambassador to the U.S., Raymond Alcide Joseph said Haiti is currently in the assessment phase. Alcide also related a message from Haitian First Lady Elisabeth Debrosse Delatour who said, Please ask the world. Ask the United States to help us with a hospital ship.
In 2008, the U.S. deployed a Navy Hospital ship following widespread devastation caused by numerous hurricanes that struck the island nation.
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This is way beyond the capacity of a hospital ship.
What has Hugo offered?
Haiti is a poor country in our own hemisphere - not far from Florida.
We should help them.
But its interesting Hussein responded IMMEDIATELY to this catastrophe - UNLIKE his studied, labored and well-parced responses to DOMESTIC tragedies - like the Fort Hood massacre.
Will it be 3 days before O responds?
...and we will respond and help the Haitians from this awful catastrophe.
Just and observation. We are almost always there to help anyone in need, even Iran when they had those earthquakes a few years back. But for that help, we are labeled the "Great Satan".
Buraq could bring millions of them here, or just make Haiti a US protectorate- 3 million new democrat voters, just in time for 2010
Let no crisis go to waste
We should do everything, as a nation, in our power.
It's interesting how people see the world. This is a massive quake, with 3 million people affected -- and the request is for a boat to help them out. They need a lot more than that.
Conversely, I heard someone on the radio this morning -- they live in Ann Arbor, Michigan and they got through to a relative in Haiti. The relative asked, "How much devastation did you get in Michigan? Is everyone OK there?"
Nice of them to ask, I suppose, but although this is a massive quake, it wasn't that massive.
The devastation on one of the poorest nations in the world looks to be of epic proportions...I have just asked my corporation (in the health care business) what we can do to help. It is heartbreaking to see those people wandering the streets not knowing where their family and friends are.
These “boats” have over a dozen operating rooms and typically as many as 1,000 or more hospital beds. The main hospitals in Port Au Prince have collapsed....what you ask for in this case?
How exactly does one help 3,000,000 people instantly?
If people want to open their pocketbooks or write a check, that is what they should do. But our government should NOT commit massive amounts of taxpayer dollars to help. We have already run up a debt of astronomic proportions, the result of which has been unemployment, homelessness and a whole host of other economic and social problems. Our taxpayer dollars should be committed to our causes only; we should not be carrying the rest of the world.
Haiti was and will remain a black hole. We have poured large sums of money into this country; yet, it gets worse and worse there. The problems with Haiti started a long time ago and they will not be reversed with another infusion of cash from the United States. Haiti could do a booming tourism business, relieving the economic plight of its citizens, but it does not. Like many countries, Haiti continues to look for a bailout, particularly from the US. The citizens have to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. They have to demand and install a better government than what they have now. In other words, they have to help themselves, not look to the US and the rest of the world.
If the United Nations wants to send relief, that’s fine. They don’t appreciate the United States anyway...unless they have their hands out for something. Even then, the US is criticized for not doing enough. Fine. If the UN thinks it can do a better job with relief (which it can’t as we know from past disasters), good — let them do it.
It’s a hard and perhaps cruel position to take, but the US has to stop being the caretaker of the world. Only then can we force countries to stand up for themselves and compel other cheap, lazy countries to put forth some of their money if that’s what they want to do.
One at a time. (Sadly)
On the other hand, one hospital ship would be better than zero hospital ships.
Unfortunately if after some time there is no mass efforts of aid the affected population will just pick up what meager possessions they do have and will move on, in mass.
I am thinking the next tragedy will be the many that will die trying to escape to Florida.
That's because many people of Haiti actually believed that the quake was global and the world was ending.
Send the first ship available! Send it now! Follow up with more ships! These people need help.
My comment was really about the way people view the world and whether they think things are bigger than they are or smaller than they are.
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