It is often noted, generally with unwarranted consternation, that America is the world's only superpower. Natural disasters, like the southeast Asian tsunami and now hurricane Katrina, can make a mockery of such labels. This one, more importantly, should remind us of how much America helps the world, and what the world owes in return.
Normally, when disaster strikes, America is expected to come running. ... Now American generosity, and the spirit of responsibility that this great nation so often takes toward the world, is being directed at itself.
... These burdens do not diminish the American interest in showing support for Israel, including in the form of military and economic assistance. Such support remains integral to advancing American values and strategy, all the more so in the context of the global struggle against militant Islamism and the extraordinary risks and sacrifices Israel has just taken for peace.
In the longer term, US assistance for Israel is still in America's interest. But in the painful weeks ahead for the American people and its leadership, Israel should concentrate on offering its finest in the search and rescue field and providing disaster assistance for the refugees. Even superpowers, especially this superpower, deserve a helping hand in their hour of need.
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