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How far can we go?

Good morning, Netizens…

Two days in and we are just now learning of the massive damage caused by the Chilean earthquake and tsunami waves. We should not be surprised given the similar damages in Port au Prince, Haiti, but the damages caused by the tsunami were more massive than we were originally told. It has taken that long for word to get out.

Photo: A local circus that was destroyed by the tsunami waves generated by a major earthquake is seen in the coastal town of Iloca, Chile on March 1, 2010.

REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez

What makes this unique is that only days before the 8.8 earthquake hit, Chilean rescue workers were in Haiti, still helping clean up the damages there. Although mention of this has been made in several news wires, no one has mentioned whether Haiti rescue workers have returned the favor.

This brings to mind the question if we had a major disaster of this scope in the United States, would the nations of South America likewise render aid to us?

Another question is since the United States is currently deployed in Haiti rendering aid, and it appears that American aid is being sought by Chile, what would our nation do if yet another massive disaster struck in another country? Just how deep are our pockets?


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