Tuesday, January 04, 2005

U.S. Sec. of State Rhetorically Links War on Terror, Tsunami Assistance

Crossposted at DarkDaysAhead.... I understand that Powell's just doing his job, but I find this a really offensive public relations display, particularly in light of the fact that some of the people who died and are dying in Indonesia right now were deported from the US through mass profiling of people from Muslim-majority countries because of a different set of "American values in action." Here's some of the text of the article:

U.S. money and military assistance to countries where tens of thousands died in the tsunami may lessen anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world and help in the fight against terrorism, Secretary of State Colin Powell...said Tuesday.

"I hope that as a result of our efforts, as a result of our helicopter pilots being seen by the citizens of Indonesia helping them, that value system of ours will be reinforced," Powell said...

"It turns out that the majority of those nations affected were Muslim nations," Powell said. He said of the U.S. aid, "We'd be doing it regardless of religion, but I think it does give the Muslim world and the rest of the world ... an opportunity to see American generosity, American values in action."