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.


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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