Political capital from desasters

The death toll desaster in asian sea begins to exceed any catastrophe the world has ever seen. It is a shame to read this headline:

Secretary of State Colin Powell conferred by video hookup with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan Thursday on assistance to the victims of the Asian and African tsunamis and then added the United Nations to the core group planning relief efforts.

Pardon – if somebody is added to anything, then it is the US added to the international body of helping states led and coordinated be the U.N. There is no such thing as a “US led core group”. The simple fact that Colin Powell poses as if the US is leading the helping effort is nothing more than a nauseating way to cast an image of the US as not being the “curer” of the world.

Update: Bush ‘Undermining UN with Aid Coalition’: United States President George Bush was tonight accused of trying to undermine the United Nations by setting up a rival coalition to coordinate relief following the Asian tsunami disaster. (scotsman.com)






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