Sunday, January 24, 2010
Against the Odds, Israeli Rescue Story In Haiti. Thoughts About Haiti's Future
The Israeli rescue team and medical staff/field hospital have raised the bar in Haiti. Israel has been instrumental in many of the most dramatic rescue successes including that of a young man ten days after the earthquake.
Israel is apparently the star of the rescue effort after the earthquake in Haiti, but how will Haiti, not just recover but become a healthy successful nation?
The pictures of Haitians lined up in a large sports stadium being given food packages by American soldiers bode bad news for Haiti. It didn't comfort me to hear that the weapons weren't loaded or how many calories and ounces of water in the food aid.
Jewish Law/tradition tells us that it's better charity to help a person work than just give them gifts.
Organizing the Haitians to distribute the aid and start repairing their own buildings with suitable material would be better in the long run than having them line up for food and tents.
I hate to be so negative, but no doubt that these good intentions will just lead to hell. Haiti was an unhealthy, unsuccessful society and country before the quake, and I fear that the non-geo aftershocks will only make things much worse.
They don't need foreign military to help; they need real community leaders, educators, youth directors. The Haitians need help not only to recover but to build a heathy society, not military occupation.