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Friday, January 15, 2010

Haiti needs one hundred helicopters

I urge each one of us living in the United States to make the call to the white house at the number given below. May God bless success to these intiatives and hope together we can save lives. Amen - Mike Ghouse

Haiti needs one hundred helicopters

By Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid

No other country can provide what is most needed right now in Haiti except the US: helicopters.

Helicopters go where there are no roads and the terrain is difficult to maneuver. But the 19 helicopters, which have just arrived, are not enough. Haiti needs 100 helicopters to save lives as these critical hours slip away.

The US military, government and private sector all have plenty of helicopters. Can Americans demand that our politicians and corporate leaders send their helicopters to Haiti as soon as possible?

There are hardly any functioning roads in Haiti right now. There is literally no administration. But the wandering injured are all over the country.

Their lives may be saved if they can quickly access medical and surgical help. But they have already started dying from non-life-threatening injuries.

When the October 8, 2005 earthquake hit Kashmir, Pakistan, I led a small team of volunteers to complete just one specific task: persuade our government to send more US helicopters to airlift aid to victims in the inaccessible disaster zone.

It was then a young first-time Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, who played a critical role in getting more helicopters to Pakistan to save lives.

Helicopters were the miracle workers in Kashmir when roads and terrain did not allow aid to reach different areas.

As I see the photos coming from Haiti every morning, I sit crying in helplessness and lamenting the fact that our governments have not learned, despite years of offering worldwide disaster relief, how to save more lives quickly and efficiently.

The problem of supplying relief to Haiti is exactly similar to that of Kashmir. It is one of logistics.

All affected areas can be divided into 100 zones. Each zone can be assigned a helicopter and a surgical and medical team, which bring personnel and supplies in from the neighboring countries. They can also take the injured back to their hospitals in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Cuba and Puerto Rico.

Once the injured are assisted, these same helicopters will be needed to bring in supplies to the same points from sea freighters, which will start arriving there in a week. This is what Haiti needs before one can get heavy equipment to clear the roads and rebuild them.

In the case of Kashmir, Pakistan, too many lives were lost in the first critical week as not many helicopters were available.

It took several days after the earthquake in Kashmir, Pakistan in 2005 for the government to show up.

It was almost a week before any aid arrived in Ache Indonesia after the 2004 Tsunami.

Let us not waste time and lose more lives in this year’s first and most devastating disaster. Let us urgently push our government to help our neighbors in Haiti with efficiency and effectiveness.

Please contact your Senator and Congressperson today with just one demand: send 100 helicopters to Haiti before we lose countless more lives.

Cross posted on DailyKos.com and HuffingtonPost

We know that saving one life is like saving the whole humanity (Bible, Quran).

Call White House, your Senators and Congresspersons right now asking for 100 helicopters for Haiti

---- If in US make four calls a day for Haiti
one to the President (202 456-1111),
one to each of your two Senators (202-224-3121)
one to your Congressperson (202-224-3121)

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  1. Here are the political aspects to this great tragedy:

    1. Rush Limbaugh ('the big fat idiot' - not my words but that of Senator Al Franken) - today howled and asked people NOT to donate to Haiti because "it will only strengthen Obama's politics of tragedy"!!
    2. Hillary Clinton announced today in so many words that USA will once again take over Haiti. US has already sent in 10,000 troops to "secure the island" - or else Al Qaeda will take over (my words). More on the way. Imagine the amount of logistics needed to amass such troops. But help cannot be reached because "the airport is not operating". It's Katrina all over again: Chertoff could not find helicopters to send to New Orleans, but Pentagon had enough to send tons of bombs to Israel to drop on the Lebanese civilians (remember Israel's second invasion to Lebanon at the very time?)

    What a sad world this is!!!

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