I have extracted this from two sources...
The population, GDP, and Income per head figures come from CIA (as reliable as they are...)
The casualties and aid numbers are from NZ Herald earlier this week.
It is my understanding that the aid grants are governmental only and do NOT include private donations.
It is also an experiment to see if this blog system will support a table of this size...
Nation......... Casualties Population GDP USD... Inc/Pop... Aid.... AID/Pop... Aidx10^5/GDP Indonesia 94,800 123 mill 758 b $3,200 - - Sri Lanka 30,000 74 mill 73.7 b $3,700 - - India 15,160 1,065 mill 3,033 b $2,900 - - Thailand 5,000 64 mill 477 b $7,400 - - USA 3,000 (9/11) 293 mill 10990 b $37,800 350 m $1.195 3.185 Japan - 127 mill 3,582 b $28,200 500 m $3.93 1.396 UK - 60 mill 1666b $27,700 96 m $1.60 5.760 Australia - 20 mill 571 b $28,550 46.5 m $2.325 8.144 Canada - 32.5 mill 959 b $29,800 33 m $1.015 3.441 Qatar - 0.8 mill 17 b $21,500 25 m $31.25 147.058 New Zealand - 4 mill 85 b $21,600 7 m $1.75 8.236 Italy - 58 mill 1,550 b $26,700 95 m $1.638 6.129 Sweden - 9 mill 238 b $26,800 80 m $8.889 3.361 Denmark - 5.4 mill 167 b $31,100 54.9 m $10.167 3.287 Saudi Arabia - 25.8 mill 288 b $11,800 10 m $0.387 3.472 Libya - 5.6 mill 35 b $6,400 2 m 0.357 5.714
The idea for the comparison was prompted by a post to another forum altogether, by a gent with whom I have crossed swords on a number of occasions in the past but that is another story.
What is interesting are the different opinions one finds - just on this one topic - wandering through blogland. One which I am trying to confirm through OldWhig has the Libertarians through the auspices of the Ayn Rand Institute reportedly threatening legal action against the President for making Federal grants that are unconstitutional. I hope that these reports prove false, for no other reason than the impact that success would have upon the international efforts in Asia.
In other instances there are misguided people (in my opinion that is, and one is the gent I mentioned above) who believe that Muslims should look after their own, without help from the US.
There were also three local comments, nothing unique I suspect...
First was the castigation meted out to the US administration for its initial reported Federal Grants to the cause. Here I have a measure of sympathy for Bush, given the meagre knowledge I have of governmental machinations. He must have been in a real bind between the extreme right of the neo-cons and the obvious generaosity of the US people to others in time of need.
The second drew attention to the toll in Sri Lanka, some 10 times that of 9/11, in a country with a population of about 1/3rd of the US. That has to hurt, and hurt hard.
The third related the size of the US Federal grants to the cost to date of the war in Iraq. I confess, I was strongly tempted to make a great noise on this myself. Reflection led to the realisation that US aid will probably continue in this area for many more years to come.