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Powell: Tsunami Aid May Help U.S. Image
By ANNE GEARAN
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Secretary of State Colin Powell said Tuesday the
outpouring of American aid and humanitarian help in the region devastated by
the tsunami may also help Muslim nations see the United States in a better light.
``What it does in the Muslim world, the rest of the world is giving an
opportunity to see American generosity, American values in action,'' Powell
said after meeting with Hassan Wirayuda, his Indonesian counterpart.
``America is not an anti-Islamic, anti-Muslim nation. America is a diverse
society. We respect all religions,'' he said
Powell said he hopes Muslim countries see the wide range of U.S. aid and
involvement around the world, of which the disaster relief is only the latest
example. U.S. involvement and cooperation ``is in the best interest of those
countries and it's in our best interest,'' he said.
``It dries up those pools of dissatisfaction that give rise to terrorist
activities,'' Powell added.
Meanwhile, in an interview with Thailand's Independent Television, Powell
again rejected criticism of the U.S. response as being slow.
``Who criticized us? It wasn't the countries in the region,'' he said.
And, Powell said, he called the foreign ministers of the devastated countries
right away and President Bush spoke to heads of government and state within 48
``So I don't accept the criticism that some in the media have given to the
United States that we were slow,'' he said.
The Powell entourage was staying at the Jakarta Marriot that was bombed in the
fall of 2003 and has since been rebuilt. Indonesia is the largest Muslim
country in the world.
Powell said earlier that the United States may be able to do more to help
identify the remains of tsunami victims and pledged U.S. support for a
regional warning system in hopes of preventing such massive loss of life in
Getting his first up-close look at heavy damage from last week's undersea
earthquake and tsunami, Powell visited the Phuket resort area that is one of
the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand for European and American
Powell and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush saw scores of photographs and posters posted
outside the town hall seeking information on missing tourists.
Powell's airplane flew slow and low on its final approach to the airport,
giving the secretary a close view of flattened houses and ruined beaches. He
toured an office where American forensic experts are helping Thai officials
identify thousands of bodies that washed ashore and said afterward he will
recommend expanding U.S. forensic assistance.
Thai officials told Powell the thing they most want is U.S. help for a warning
system in the Indian Ocean and China Sea and Powell pledged U.S. technical
help for some kind of a regional warning system.
``We'll do everything we can to contribute,'' he said.
Discussing U.S. aid in general, Powell said, ``The United States has made a
significant financial contribution, but we have done much more than that.'' He
cited millions of dollars being raised in private donations in the United
States even before President Bush announced Monday in Washington that his
father, the first President Bush, and former President Clinton, will spearhead
a fund-raising drive.
Powell also noted the massive U.S. military assistance now swinging into high
gear that is delivering food, water and supplies and evacuating wounded.
In an interview on ABC's ``Good Morning America,'' he urged patience, saying
that getting aid and supplies to the victims ``is not a simple matter.''
``Everybody thinks you can just magically move aircraft, helicopters and
aircraft carriers across an ocean in a day.
It's not just money. It's getting food, water, medical supplies in place. It
takes time to generate such an effort.''
Earlier in Bangkok, he declared that the United States ``will certainly not
turn away from those in desperate need'' as he works with Asian leaders to
speed up relief efforts in the tsunami disaster.
Accompanied by Jeb Bush, the secretary of state on Tuesday stressed a
two-prong commitment of U.S. financial and military support to help the region
Thailand's foreign minister, Surakiart Sathirathai, said the Thai government
would welcome U.S. technical assistance to build an early warning system to
guard against tsunamis in the Indian Ocean and South China Sea.
``We are in solidarity with you as you deal with this crisis,'' Powell
responded at a news conference. The United States has faced criticism that it
was slow to respond to the Dec. 26 disaster. Other countries were quicker to
commit large amounts of aid money, and Japan has outpaced the U.S. total of
$350 million pledged so far.
The relief effort for countries devastated by the undersea earthquake and
killer waves is going well, Powell said as he visited Thailand. The trip also
will take him to Sri Lanka. With Indonesia, the three countries suffered the
heaviest damage and loss of life.
With international government donations and pledges totaling some $2 billion,
Powell said a main focus was on spending the money wisely. He said he wanted a
firsthand look before recommending to the president what the United States
should do next.
Jeb Bush noted that his state of Florida had suffered four hurricanes. ``We
share this experience,'' he said, adding that the American people want to
offer a helping hand.
Powell will represent the United States at an international conference in
Jakarta. That conference will provide an opportunity to iron out any problems
coordinating aid and recovery efforts among the many countries and
organizations participating, he said.
``But right now I would say things are going exceptionally well when you
consider we're only eight days into this,'' he said.