Monday, January 18, 2010

The IDF gets to work in Haiti 

There are doers and talkers in the world, and the Israelis are among the doers:

As for Israel’s relief efforts to Haiti, they include the following:

  • A field hospital, the only hospital in operation, with 40 doctors, 25 nurses, paramedics, a pharmacy, a children's ward, a radiology department, an intensive care unit, an emergency room, two operating rooms, a surgical department, an internal department and a maternity ward. The hospital can treat approximately 500 patients each day, and in addition will perform preliminary surgeries.

  • A search-and-rescue team, which has rescued about five people from under the rubble.

  • 220 personnel in total

  • Dozens of truckloads of medical and logistical equipment

  • Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, one of the richest countries in the world, has sent a message of condolence to Haitian President René Préval. Some Arab countries have “pledged” help, such as $1 million pledged from both Kuwait and Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates says it will “shortly” send a plane with humanitarian assistance. Qatar, with the third largest gas reserves and the second highest GDP per capita in the world, has dispatched 50 metric tons of aid to the hundreds of thousands of homeless and injured Haitians.

    Latest reports are that the IDF Medical Corps have treated some 200 injured people in Haiti, performed ten life-saving surgeries and saved the lives of 140 others. On Sunday night, a resident of Port-au-Prince gave birth to a boy at the Israeli field hospital. In appreciation and gratitude, his mother decided to name her new son “Israel” in honor of the country that helped her.

    Of course, no good deed goes unpunished. No doubt there is something imperialist or neo-colonialist in all of this.


    By Blogger Dawnfire82, at Mon Jan 18, 03:09:00 PM:

    According to Chavez, we are "occupying Haiti undercover."  

    By Blogger Mystery Meat, at Mon Jan 18, 05:27:00 PM:

    The Saudis will probably offer to build a mosque and a few madrassahs.  

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Jan 18, 05:30:00 PM:

    USS Carl Vinson CVN-70 is on station with its air wing off and extra helicopters aboard.

    This snippet was from the Indonesian tsunami era:

    Then there was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break one of the French engineers came back into the room saying 'Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intended to do, bomb them?' A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: 'Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck.. We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?'

    You could have heard a pin drop.

    JLW III  

    By Blogger Mystery Meat, at Mon Jan 18, 05:48:00 PM:

    BTW- The caudillo Chavez has a ally in Cindy Sheehan.

    ""George Bush needs to stop talking, admit the mistakes of his all around failed administration, pull our troops out of occupied New Orleans and Iraq, and excuse his self from power," she said."  

    By Anonymous Boludo Tejano, at Mon Jan 18, 06:45:00 PM:

    Of course, no good deed goes unpunished. No doubt there is something imperialist or neo-colonialist in all of this.

    No doubt. FromVHeadline, we find that the US is damned if it does:
    Chavez said he wondered whether the USA was taking advantage of the tragedy to occupy the country militarily.

    And damned if it doesn’t: Arthur Shaw: Reactionaries in the bourgeois media trying to block aid to Haiti.  

    By Anonymous feeblemind, at Mon Jan 18, 07:51:00 PM:

    Drudge has a headline up: France accuses US of Haiti 'Occupation'.  

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