The Tsunami Disaster As Seen From Le Monde
Whether over Iraq or previous US involvement in Indonesia (which seems much more likely to me), some in France don’t seem terribly happy about the way the US has taken the lead so far in aiding tsunami victims. Why don’t the French dispatch part of their military to help, then? And no jokes about all that white cloth being available for bandages… To be honest, I’ve been sort of hoping that some international teamwork and UN involvement might help thaw relations between some of the free nations. I don’t really see that happening so far. (also via Instapundit)
International death tolls
This table (username:mofeedback, password:mofeedback) shows a total of 144,970 dead. This is obviously very early in the count. For instance, it shows 15 Americans dead. I’ve heard reports that there are between 4,000 and 5,000 still missing. I have no interest in trying to speculate on the final toll, but it’s going to be far more gruesome than projections currently say.
Tsunamis: More than Big Waves
There are a number of summaries floating around out there, but I’ll point out this one by THIS IS TRUE writer Randy Cassingham. He wrote it in 1986 and he “webified” it after the intense interest in everything tsunami hit. Worth a read.
The Command Post’s Global Recon Page
A good spot to keep an eye on in order to catch the latest.
The face of American global leadership
Phil Carter on US efforts to help:
I can think of no better ambassadors for the United States than the men and women of the U.S. military now engaged in this endeavor.
Even if the French think the recon planes are doing more than helping tsunami victims.
Senators Propose Extending ’04 Deduction Deadline for Tsunami Relief
Wizbang notes that a bipartisan group of US Senators thinks we should extend the charity-giving period for 2004 taxes in order to increase donations to tsunami victims.
There is a lot more out there. Just click on a random internet link and you’ve got a good chance of hitting some tsunami coverage.
UPDATE: Chuck Simmins’ The Stingy List has been updated and the .pdf is available. $382.6 million donated so far.