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Allies come through with Hurricane Katrina relief

It's good to know we can count on our friends around the world.

When disaster strikes abroad, the United States is usually among the first to provide humanitarian aid. So it is rewarding to see friends reciprocate when we are in trouble.

Kuwait announced Sunday it would contribute $500 million toward Katrina relief. Qatar, another U.S. ally in the Middle East, pledged $100 million.

Traditional allies Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, Germany and Italy are sending goods and/or experts to help with logistical operations. The United Arab Emirates is sending tents, clothing, food and other aid.

Even countries opposed to U.S. foreign policies have pledged to help reduce the suffering caused by the natural disaster.

It is reassuring to know that compassion and humanitarianism prevail around the world. It is comforting to know that politics become secondary in times of human suffering and devastation.

We thank our neighbors in the world community for their assistance.

The al-Qaida in Iraq group, led by Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, seems a lone voice in calling the devastation across the U.S. Gulf Coast "God's retribution on America." In a statement released during the weekend, al-Zarqawi's group celebrated the misfortune and devastation that Hurricane Katrina wrought.

Such merciless and inhumane statements assure that public sentiment worldwide will remain overwhelmingly opposed to al-Qaida and its ilk, and that the radical jihadists will never gain the momentum they need to carry out their ill-devised plot for world domination.

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