we live in a country that cares only for itself. if the rest of the world enters into the picture, it's only because of what it could give us (or what we could extract from it).
today, US media is totally caught up in Hurricane Gustav. this would seem worthwhile (and is a proper partial focus).
however, hop over the BBC and you find out that 1/2 a million people who live in India are stranded in villages that have been devastated by monsoon flooding. half a million. Gustav hasn't even touched land yet. oh. wait. it has. but "only" in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba. 85 people have already died. and i haven't seen one story about it yet.
when will we care...