Oil-rich Arab states offer nothing to Haiti

I wasn’t surprised to read that all those Arabs who luxuriate in the black ooze of oil have offered zilch to the relief fund. They are conspicuous by their absence from the list of donors to Haiti. When have they ever given a hoot about the rest of the world’s suffering? As long as they can develop their real estate interests and show off their wealth they are indifferent to natural disasters in the world. Even the latest silly phallic display that is the world’s tallest building in Dubai reminds me of that poem “Ozymandias” by Shelley.

“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

Don’t expect to hear from the Arabs or from other Muslim nations very soon, but I am proud that little Israel is sending help.


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