As we are aware, the tsunami(s) that struck Southern Asia are a horrendous event. I have even heard that they may be the single most devastating disaster in recorded human history. The death toll is estimated to reach well beyond 150,000 just from the direct effects and may well climb far higher should disease, starvation, etc take hold. Hopefully, such a situation will not come about and any further loss of life can be prevented. However, here in Canada, I have seen some degree of criticism levelled towards my government and that of the United States. Now, I believe that the Canadian government has reacted slowly, that resources that should have been despatched immediately were held back due to dithering and that liaison should have been set up immediately with the affected countries to determine their needs and where we could be most useful. For example, we have Disaster Assistance Relief Team (DART) that has two water purifiers that can each produce 50,000 litres of pure water a day from utter muck. Obviously a valuable asset that could have been put to great use days ago. Basically, I believe that the criticism of my country is justified, whether from Canadian citizens or others. We dropped the ball, but we are starting to get in the game. More troubling to me is the criticism levelled towards the United States. I was wondering what the thoughts of other board members were. Do you believe the US is doing enough or falling short? And if you believe they are falling short, why do you believe so? I can't say that I know what is "enough" in a situation like this, however, in the early hours of the disaster the news reports did not quote horrendous numbers of deaths like 150,000. I don't think any agency or government had any real inkling of the magnitude of the disaster, so the initial amounts of aid money pledged by almost all countries have been significantly increased as the horror of the events revealed themselves. But, and I have no reports to base this one, I would believe that the US, along with any UK, Australian or any other nations forces would have responded immediately to assist civilians in such dire circumstances. I certainly do not mean to leave out or ignore any country for assisting. I am sure that if the Russians, Japanese, Germans or Upper Mongolian tribes had forces in the area, that they then assisted. But my point and my question is, I have heard criticism of only two nations response, those being Canada and the US. I believe the criticism levelled at Canada is basically justified. But, is the criticism levelled towards the US justified or simply an anti-American knee-jerk reaction. Personally, I think the US government and especially the US people will be seen, in retrospect, to be most generous during this terrible time. So, let me know what your thoughts are and why. That said, I sincerely hope that the troops from all countries assisting there are able to return home safely and that the poor souls suffering through this awful ordeal will find comfort from their God or Gods and that help will reach them very quickly.