Friday, January 29, 2010

Uhhh... you're welcome?

In an attempt to stave off a larger human tragedy than what has already occurred on the beleaguered nation of Haiti, the United States military has been operating off the coast of Haiti and in the city of Port-au-Prince as they attempt to treat injured people, and more importantly, provide food and water to people who have lost everything.

So what kind of response has greeted our soldiers? Let's hear from a Lieutenant in the 82nd Airborne Division:
Yesterday, they threw water bottles back at us and said, ‘We don’t want your water’,” Lt Kerfoot says. “When we gave out high energy biscuits, they threw them on the ground and stomped on them when they saw they were cookies. My soldiers and I think they’re ungrateful.
Oh, but these Haitians actually provide a reason to be upset about these abysmal rations they are receiving. The article goes on to explain:
The displaced Haitians want food, not water, a Haitian woman explained to [Lt Kerfoot]. And in their culture, biscuits are not real food, but something given to children.
And you wonder why Haiti was a pathological basket case even before the earthquake struck.

Good Day to You, Sir

1 comment:

Darren said...

Has there ever been a more powerful example of the dictum "beggars can't be choosers"?