Re: humanitarian aid/evac for Puerto Rico & other islands
Posted by Chris in Tampa
on 9/25/2017, 6:54 am
|I don't want to get into too many details, but part of Puerto Rico's problems also involve Congress allowing Puerto Rico to be taken advantage of in ways that states were not. (Wikipedia article)|
Puerto Rico needs immediate resources that are simply not there. Thousands of dollars might get you off the island, but for millions of others they need the basics that really only the military can provide. The scale of this is too big for aid agencies. You need a massive military mobilization by air and sea. We're talking billions of dollars that need to be spent and aid agencies can't do that. Military needs to rebuild key areas of infrastructure right away. There's no time to wait using hundreds of people. They need many thousands of people, as well as equipment. We're also talking about millions of meals, millions of bottles of water. It's an unimaginable need.
We're not to the helping individual people rebuild stage, where you can exercise oversight. This is the stage that equates to people being rescued in flood waters after Harvey or people trapped in a collapsed building after a natural disaster. The need is that immediate for some of these people. These people's lives will not be the same anytime soon, but the least we can do is try to save their lives so they get the chance to rebuild. It's not me being critical of those helping, it's me being critical of those who have the power to send a lot more resources and not doing so. There are very few instances where money need not be a consideration. Send more military assets in, save lives, and whatever it costs, we pay. It needs to be that simple.
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