You'd think the bureaucrats who spent last week whining about wealthy nations not giving enough to help tsunami victims would be happy now.
After all, the U.S. has pledged $350 million, Japan $500 million, Germany $674 million, and Australia a whopping $810 million. And that's not counting private donations.
But you'd be wrong. Some of them have a new complaint: We're giving too much.
According to European Commissioner for development and humanitarian aid Louis Michel, "We have to be careful and not participate in a beauty contest where we are competing to give higher figures."
What's wrong with giving more money, you might ask? Well, it shows we're not sincere. The Associated Press writes:
"The fresh outpouring of generosity appeared at times to be almost like a bidding war and raised questions about whether rich nations were using tragedy to jockey for influence on the world stage and with hardest-hit Indonesia, which has a wealth of natural resources."I'm guessing that this will become the next meme for Bush critics: We're not really trying to help anyone, you see. We're just trying to get Indonesia's oil.