Tuesday, May 09, 2006 – Bangor Daily News
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Today, it is not uncommon to hear, "Why should I care about what is happening over there?" That there is far too much here, in our own country, that needs fixing, our attention and our financial support. "We need to clean up our own back yard," I heard someone recently say. And their concerns are valid, with one exception: The world is our back yard and the plight and suffering of any human being, whether one starving child or a million, is everyone's business. I don't believe there is a limit to compassion. Americans, overall, are a generous and caring people, we feel deeply for those who suffer. We know how fortunate we are and how much of the world will never have the same opportunities, the same bounty in which we thrive. And for the validation that all the world is one, that even those with far less and who struggle can offer their compassion and care, one need look no further than the global outpouring of support following Hurricane Katrina. Dozens of countries, both large and small, wealthy and struggling Third World, pledged donations to assist in the relief and clean-up efforts, many themselves still suffering coming on the heels of their own losses from the tragic tsunami. People care. This is why we cannot idly stand by and watch as yet another genocide unfolds in our lifetime, watch as thousands, millions of innocent victims struggle for food, children go hungry and die. There is no excuse. And tomorrow may be too late.