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Selfish folly

Dear Editor:Short and sweet. The overwhelming monetary response of countries all over the world, including unprecedented amounts from previously Third World countries like China and Vietnam, demonstrate their desire to help the world in ways other than force. It is in a direct way, a purposeful contrast with the way the United States feeds funds for violence.This is an opportunity for the world to demonstrate its solidarity for other suffering countries in a way that is directly meaningful, and in contrast to the obscene amounts of money spent daily in an affront to the Third World in a blatant grab for oil under the excuse of “democracy.”This tragedy will make all of us in the world conscious of what is really important to help our brethren, and will show in contrast the selfish folly of the Americans (that’s right – the Americans, not Bush and Co., which is the easy excuse of everyone here in the U.S.A.). Everyone is guilty!Money for oil? Or money for empathy? Which would get Christ’s attention? Money for war? Or money for empathy?The Bush administration only acts for political spin, i.e., they only upped their donation out of shame. They are unfeeling Republicans and never act unless it results in political capital. They are unfeeling about human suffering and only act when their hand is forced.These Republicans need to be overthrown.John FranzGlenwood Springs


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