US Flood Aid Goes to North Korea and Not New England

Before I get into this discussion, I want to let everyone know that I am a Christian and fully believe in and support charity of all kinds. Having said that, I want to take issue with a North Carolina based group known as Samaritan’s Purse and their latest flood aid project.

In the aftermath of devastating tornadoes in the southeastern US earlier this year and the epic flood damage in the northeast, thousands of Americans are struggling to put their lives back together. Many have lost their homes and everything they own. Hundreds more are without jobs as the storms destroyed businesses. Families are still reeling from deaths and injuries of loved ones and friends.

With the damage from Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene in the New England area alone estimated to be in the billions, FEMA’s aid reserve is down to $800 million. Just when so many American’s are in desperate need of help and aid, Samaritan’s Purse sends $900,000 of relief materials in the form of food, medical aid, soap, blankets and cooking kits to flood victims in North Korea and has pledged an additional $1.2 million in aid.

North Korea is a nation that has been defiant to the US and the rest of the free world. Despite international pressure, they continued with military exercises that were intended to intimidate South Korea. They’ve also continued with their programs to enrich weapons grade plutonium that could readily be used to arm nuclear warheads and bombs. They would like nothing better than to see the United States reduced to a third world nation.

So someone please tell me why a US based organization would send vitally needed aid to an enemy nation when thousands of our own citizens are hurting, devastated and in dire need of the very same relief items. Charity begins at home and I’m getting sick and tired of the US and US based organizations helping other nations and people when so many Americans are just as needy. What’s more, where are other nations when America has catastrophic storms, earthquakes and fires?