Последствия цунами

Необычная международная реакция на цунами, обрушившееся на Южную Азию, является поразительным политическим явлением. Хотя еще рано говорить обо всех его последствиях, некоторые как положительные, так и вызывающие беспокойство результаты уже налицо, равно как и те, воздействие которых проявится с течением времени.

Один из положительных результатов заключается в том, что скромные масштабы помощи, оказываемой богатыми странами тем, кому повезло меньше в этой жизни, привлекли широкое внимание общественности. Комментарий координатора гуманитарных операций ООН Яна Эгеланда, в котором он обвинил страны Запада в скупости, имел большой резонанс в этих странах, особенно в Соединенных Штатах. На тот момент администрация Буша пообещала жалкие 35 миллионов долларов в качестве помощи пострадавшим регионам.

Осудив комментарий Эгеланда, Буш, тем не менее, быстро увеличил обещанную Америкой сумму в десять раз. Более того, он привлек бывших президентов Джорджа Буша и Билла Клинтона к проведению частных кампаний по сбору средств.

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