This story is about Pakistan and the flood that has desolated so much of it. The headline appeared in this morning’s Times of London.
The U.S. has pledged $62 million, Great Britain $26 million, Japan $13 million, which with the 18 other countries contributing lesser amounts, means that the United Nations has or will have in the next days a total of $204 million to use in Pakistan.
But watch out for this morsel of news: “Not a single Islamic nation appeared yesterday on the UN’s latest list of donors despite efforts to reach out to them.”
And by way of explanation: “Analysts blamed Riyadh’s strained relations with President Zardari for the apparent indifference of the oil-rich Saudi government.” Or, as one Pakistani diplomat explained, “King Abdullah has never liked Mr. Zardari for various reasons. One is Mr. Zardari’s closeness to the Americans. His being a Shi’a may also be a factor.”