45,000 may be dead

from the AFP

The biggest humanitarian relief operation ever mounted was underway along Asia's devastated shores as the death toll from a massive earthquake and the tidal waves it unleashed was predicted to hit 45,000.

With the scale of the catastrophe still unfolding the confirmed death toll passed 27,000 in nine countries -- but Indonesia warned that it alone could have suffered up to 20,000 more fatalities on top of its official figure of 4,725 deaths.

...and as every republican knows the U.S. will poor money onto the ungreatful pagans in their time of need. Just don't tell the UN Undersecratary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief that, 'cause he thinks the U.S. and the rest of the western world is being 'stingy'.

...hey look at that, the E.U. gave twice as much as the U.S.

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