The government of China is heartbroken that so many Chinese lost children and relatives in the earthquake last year. Heach famy got $15.00 to help celebrate the Lunar new Year which started yesterday.
When children were sickened and some killed by poisoned milk, China paid compensation: about $300.00 per family; a little more for the families of the dead.
In Afghanistan today, U.S commanders paid out $40,000 to relatives of 15 people killed; “including a known militant commander.”
That’s more than $2,600 for every person killed. In Afghanistan.
I wonder, why do we pay so much while other people pay so little? And do out parments matter? Do they do any good? Or do Americans pay to remove American guilt? I just wonder….
And it isn’t like China is broke. They “own” much of the U.S. including over $1 Trillion in bonds….
By JASON STRAZIUSO, Associated Press Writer
U.S. commanders on Tuesday traveled to a poor Afghan village and distributed $40,000 to relatives of 15 people killed in a U.S. raid, including a known militant commander. The Americans also apologized for any civilians killed in the operation.
The issue of civilian deaths is increasingly sensitive in Afghanistan, with President Hamid Karzai accusing the U.S. of killing civilians in three separate cases over the last month. Karzai has repeatedly warned the U.S. and NATO, saying such deaths undermine his government and the international mission.
In Washington, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates echoed Karzai’s concerns, telling a Senate committee that “civilian casualties are doing us enormous harm in Afghanistan.”
As U.S. commanders paid villagers near 15 newly dug graves, Karzai met Tuesday in the capital with relatives of some of those killed. He told the villagers he has given the U.S. and NATO one month to respond to a draft agreement calling for increased Afghan participation in military operations.
Karzai said if he does not receive a response within that time, he would ask Afghans what he should do about international military operations. The statement from the presidential palace describing the meeting did not elaborate.