Wednesday, October 15, 2003

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Japan has pledged to immediately donate 1.5 billion dollars to help reconstruct Iraq. Japan has also stated that they are willing to give 3.5 billion more over the next 4 years.

After Great Britain, Japan has stepped up to be the biggest supporter our Iraq policy.

Ahead of a visit by President Bush, Japan announced Wednesday it will contribute $1.5 billion next year for the reconstruction of Iraq.

The $1.5 billion, announced by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda, would go toward electricity, education, water and health support.

Media reports have said the sum would be the first installment of a package expected to reach a total of $5 billion over the next four years. But Fukuda said medium term aid was still under consideration.

Compare that to the measley 233 million dollars the European Union has donated:

The European Union approved $233 million in reconstruction aid for Iraq on Monday, with Britain the only EU nation for now to provide additional funding from its national budget.

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Even that came with conditions. The EU foreign ministers stressed the need for a ''realistic schedule for handing over political responsibility to the Iraqi people.'' Their statement also said the United Nations must play ''a strong and vital role'' in Iraq's reconstruction.

I hope they are ashamed of themselves.


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