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Thank You, Qatar!

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Qatar pledged $100 million in humanitarian assistance Saturday to help Americans recover from Hurricane Katrina, heading a list of more than a dozen countries joining an outpouring of support.
They added to the more than 50 countries who had made pledges by the end of the day Friday.

“In these difficult circumstances, the people and the government of the state of Qatar would like to assure the people of the United States of its support and desire to assist the people in the affected area along the United States Gulf Coast,” said a statement from the oil-rich Persian Gulf state’s embassy.

“Please accept our solidarity as well as our heartfelt condolences for the tragic loss of so many precious lives,” the statement said.


Among the countries notifying the State Department on Saturday of their intention to contribute were Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Others joining the list were Argentina, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Poland, Romania and Tunisia.

By Friday, offers had been received from Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Belgium, Britain, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Greece, Georgia, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, the Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Venezuela and the United Arab Emirates.

The cynic in me would lament the fact that Qatar can certainly afford this donation, since they’re getting so damn rich off of the high-priced oil they sell to us.

But it is still a very large sum of money that they are willingly giving to us in our time of need. And that is most certainly a welcome gesture, even if it costs me over 30 bucks now to fill up the tank in my little Neon…

(Also, it’s great to see Poland belatedly stepping up to the plate to offer help…)

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  • Among the countries… were Afghanistan…

    That should be underlined, IMHO!

  • RJ

    Good point! 🙂


    “since they’re getting so damn rich off of the high-priced oil they sell to us”
    Actually, Qatar exports more natural gas than oil. On the whole the Qataris are a pretty friendly and moderate group of people as well. They welcomed us with open arms when we were looking for a place to move to after leavng Saudi Arabia.

  • Interesting and important post. One question (and I’m not sure so I am asking honestly) Isn’t Qatar the home base of Algecira Television?

  • Heloise

    Pocket-change: One BILLION DOLLARS–show me the money

    The sum of one billion is mere pocket change to places like Kuwait and the Saudis whom we have saved more than once. I am glad to read that they donated 100 million but that is like money crumbs that fell on the floor!!

    We need a pledge of at least 1 billion from both of these two countries who have made trillions off us. This is not to mention the money we spent defending both these countries.

    Show me the MONEY!!


  • Kuwait pledged half a billion, that’s not bad. They’re a small country, after all.


  • We were called cheapskates for donating more to other things. I glad to see other countries helping out, but many of these donations are rather lacking.

  • That’s not quite true John. It was the initial $15 million we said we’d send to the Tsunami victims that drew criticism. right or wrong.

    The issue then was that amount was less than the proposed amount being spent on the Inauguration ceremonies.

    It can be argued that without people kicking up a bit of a fuss, that amount would not have moved.

    The American people on the hand were giving hand over fist. Different, though related, issue.

  • It’s not just Qatar or Saudi Arabia, it’s ALL of OPEC that needs to get things straight. It costs these oil producing nations about $4 to process a barrel of crude. Four $^%&ing dollars! What are they charging per barrel right now? $70 a shot. Talk about markup. Let’s get real here, folks.

  • TIa

    Dave Nalle: What do you mean thats not bad? Half a billion! That’s like the best pledge that ahs been sent. Rich arab countries like Kuwait and Saudi have always been genourus towards other countries… you should appreciate it! And they’re also sending oil products and medicine and stuff!

  • Uh, TIA, is English your first language? “that’s not bad” is an idiomatic expression meaning something is very good.