Our readers have complained that few, if any...


October 10, 1992

SOME OF our readers have complained that few, if any, foreign governments came to the aid of the victims of Hurricane Andrew, in contrast to the usual ready U.S. response to disasters in other countries.

It turns out this not quite true. Some helped a lot, some helped a little, some helped not at all.

There doesn't seem to be a comprehensive list anywhere we could find, so it's risky pointing the finger at a particular nation as failing to help. But here is at least a partial list, gleaned from calls to the governors' offices in Florida and Louisiana, the American Red Cross and several offices of the Federal Emergency Management Agency:

Topping the list is Kuwait, which chipped in $10 million to the Red Cross, followed by the United Arab Emirates with $5 million.

The Japanese Red Cross, Toyota and other businesses sent nearly $200,000, including personal contributions of $2,000 from its embassy's staff in Washington. A Taiwan regional government sent $100,000 to its sister state Florida. The Canadian Red Cross sent $100,000; another $174,000 was contributed by individual Canadians (including $25,000 raised by one radio station in a few hours). Other contributions came from the Korean Red Cross, the Dutch Antilles and Israel.

One contributor from the Dominican Republic sent $50,000. An anonymous Swiss sent $20,000.

It wasn't all money. The crew of a Canadian naval vessel was sent ashore to help rebuild schools. Specialists in various skills flew in from Canada (180), Mexico (16), Colombia (5), Japan and Korea (1 each).

Tiny Costa Rica sent 4,000 gallons of badly needed drinking water. Many others sent expressions of sympathy and support, most of them offers of aid not needed.

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WE KNOW who will finish some of third in the popular vote for president next month.

But who finished No. 3 in 1988?

Not Gene McCarthy. (He finished sixth for the Consumer Party.)

It wasn't Lyndon LaRouche. (Eighth place for the New Economic Party).

Try Ronald E. Paul, of the Libertarian Party. He won 432,116 votes -- less than one-half of one percent of the 91 million votes cast.

(He placed third in Maryland, too, with 6,748 votes -- only 869,419 votes shy of George Bush's winning total.)

The Libertarians are back again this year, their 20th year in existence. Basically, they stand for dismantling government -- no drinking age, no immigration laws, no gun laws, no laws that impinge on individual liberty. Call it Jeffersonian democracy run amok.

The party's 1992 candidate is Andre Marrou. He's a 53-year-old Alaskan in his second year as a state legislator -- two more years of political experience than Ross Perot. But he still won't finish third. Not this time.

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