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Monday, January 10, 2005

The west gives with one hand and takes away with the other
In this post-Tsunami world, we’ve seen some extraordinary things – billions of dollars donated to devastated communities, an enormous relief operation, and even a galvanising of international political will (indeed, the George Bushes and Bill Clinton in the same room appealing to Americans to join the world’s response). The most extraordinary thing, though, was not the genuine shock, grief, and generosity of the global community, but a selective amnesia towards our own role, which has descended on the West like a fog.


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