Puerto Rico & the US Virgin Islands were demolished by Hurricane Maria. Days after, power, fuel, communications, infrastructure, supplies are slowly making their way by ship to the millions of people living without electricity, running water, medicine, DIAPERS * (see below).
In 1948-1949 we mounted the Berlin Airlift. In 11 months over 300,000 flights were made, 3000 tons food, equipment dropped every day. A plane landed or took off every 30 seconds. 80 years ago, after the depletion of World War 2, we successfully broke the Soviet blockade. We recognized we had the humanitarian obligation to feed, shelter, care for the innocents.
Why can’t we do that now for Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Dominica, CUBA? In 2017 our national discussion is “are football players who Take A Knee in protest are unAmerican, traitors to our flag & anthem.”
What the fuck did we fight for in all the wars, battles, invasions? Our lofty goal was to defend democracy, spread American freedom to a yearning world but now the USA is “America FIRST, FOREMOST, ONLY.”
BTW – Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands are American Territories. We should at least be helping “our people”.
DIAPERS DESPERATELY NEEDED
* As the mother of twins I know infants can go through 5 – 10 diapers a day. Relief agencies, FEMA don’t supply diapers for some God-forsaken reason.
Ever see a Diaper Rash? A really bad Diaper Rash? When their little bottoms are so raw, skin oozing blood, open sores, infected? The pain is excruciating.
Time spent too long in dirty diapers causes Diaper Rash. If there’s no running water it’s impossible to care for their wounds.