The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 19, 2013

Our View: Thanks again


The Joplin Globe

— An article published in The Washington Post highlights the $6 million in financial assistance provided to Joplin by the United Arab Emirates.

The context of the article was to show how other countries now contribute to the United States, much in the same manner that we have provided massive aid in times of disaster to other countries.

In the big picture of dollars that have been donated to Joplin since the May 2011 tornado, the UAE contribution is just one example of generosity. Joplin students are now using computers to advance their education thanks to the donation has been key in getting Joplin back on its feet. And, just a few weeks before the one-year anniversary of the tornado, it was announced that a grant of $5 million from the UAE would support the construction of a children’s wing at the new Joplin Mercy Hospital.

So thank you again, UAE, for what you have provided Joplin. It also seems you are doing the same for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

We hear much in our news today of turmoil in the Middle East, particularly that caused by radical Islamists. But we don’t hear often how Muslim countries use their oil wealth to provide assistance around the world.

It is a simple but important point, in our view. We live today in a very complex and contentious world.  Yet acts of kindness, generosity and compassion with no strings attached still exist in such a world.  Every little bit counts, and we the people of the United States should applaud such acts when we are on the receiving end.