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    Re: US takes charge in Haiti — with troops, rescue aid

    Canada is there in a big way too!

    There are 1,415 citizens missing in earthquake-ravaged Haiti as Canada continues its relief efforts and as concerns set in about health and sanitation issues in the country’s capital.

    Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon provided a grim picture of the situation this morning in a briefing, confirming four Canadian deaths so far and 13 injuries. Over 550 Canadians have been located, he said.

    “I understand the worrisome situation afflicting everyone impacted by the disaster. This is a very difficult period and some of the images we have seen and continue to see are unbearable for everyone,” Mr. Cannon said.

    About 50 Canadians have taken refuge at the Canadian embassy in Port-au-Prince, he said. Another 50 citizens are being assisted elsewhere.

    It is believed there are 6,000 Canadians in Haiti.

    However, three Canadian Forces planes have so far been able to evacuate 272 Canadians.

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    However, four flights will be made to Haiti today from Canada. He said further DART components will be brought in, including six armoured SUVs and additional personnel.

    There are 144 Canadian personnel on the ground in Haiti now. Five hundred military personnel are on the two ships that left Halifax yesterday; it is expected they will be in Haiti in a few days.

    More than 1,400 Canadians missing amid 'unbearable' images in Haiti - The Globe and Mail
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    Re: US takes charge in Haiti — with troops, rescue aid

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    And here is the part that impresses me:



    You have Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, and a myriad host of Republicans and Democrats, who all can't stand each other, working in lock step to help resolve one of the worst humanitarian crises in history. Too bad they can't work like this at home, but I'll take it. It makes me feel better about possibilities, rather than pessimistic about differences. But think, for just a moment. If they can work together like this, what's to stop them on the home front? I know, I know. The expression "Yes we can" has been done to death, but guess what? We actually CAN, if we just let ourselves do it. America can move mountains, if we all put our minds to it, and leave the bitter partisanship at home, preferably in the garbage can.

    What's to stop them from performing miracles at home? Only themselves. Coming together on Haiti is the proof.


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    When you think about it, the things that the parties constantly bicker with each other about are relatively unimportant. Abortion? Gay Marriage? Heck, there's plenty of people in the world right now who would unhesitatingly get gay-married to an aborted fetus just to have some living conditions that are one-tenth as decent as those which the average American lives in.

    We may seem like a nation divided, but we're actually almost completely united on the more important issues, like making sure those in need of help receive it.

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    Re: US takes charge in Haiti — with troops, rescue aid

    Quote Originally Posted by AgentM View Post
    Canada is there in a big way too!
    Now, I in no way mean any offense to your country, but the relationship between the U.S. and Canada really reminds me of Big Dog and Me Too.


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    Re: US takes charge in Haiti — with troops, rescue aid

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I suspect they are doing it because they feel it's important and a worthwhile cause. Kudo's to both for putting aside past enmity to do what they feel is right.
    In all likelihood it's a mix of reasons, both noble and political. That doesn't make it less of a good thing, though.

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    Re: US takes charge in Haiti — with troops, rescue aid

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    Now, I in no way mean any offense to your country, but the relationship between the U.S. and Canada really reminds me of Big Dog and Me Too.

    Cute picture but you left out one giant Chinese Chow that owns that big dog. We are fools living in the past. Our population is the most obese in the world. We may not even have enough fit men to fill our military shoes.

    We have become lazy non-producers whose intellectual outlet is watching Dancing With The Stars. You need a physician in this country? Try and find an American.

    No offense to our country but we have become shadows of our former selves.

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    Re: US takes charge in Haiti — with troops, rescue aid

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    Now, I in no way mean any offense to your country, but the relationship between the U.S. and Canada really reminds me of
    Sometimes it can be like that a bit. But Canada didn't go into Haiti because of the US, we have a great deal of ties to Haiti (heck, our Governor-General is from Haiti originally) and a history of involvement with them.
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    Re: US takes charge in Haiti — with troops, rescue aid

    I have to wonder after all this rescue aid and effort to help these people during this disaster, what happens when everything is settled down?

    Does it go back to being a non disaster hell hole?
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    Re: US takes charge in Haiti — with troops, rescue aid

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    I have to wonder after all this rescue aid and effort to help these people during this disaster, what happens when everything is settled down?

    Does it go back to being a non disaster hell hole?
    Probably, I'm sad to say.
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    Re: US takes charge in Haiti — with troops, rescue aid

    Quote Originally Posted by AgentM View Post
    Probably, I'm sad to say.
    I guess it then begs the question, why do anything at all?

    I feel that we're bailing out the government of Haiti, why not let the survivors take them to task, then we can help out.
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    Re: US takes charge in Haiti — with troops, rescue aid

    It is only normal for a superpower to help a country facing a catastrophy.

    It is NOBLE to do it without bragging about it.
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