Of course it's impossible to trivialise the events in SE Asia over the last few days and all donations of aid are obviously much needed; I'm not going to argue about any of that which is why I'm making a seperate thread. However, after listening to Colin Powell's consistent comments on how SE Asia would need "reconstruction", I can't help thinking that once again they have their own interests at the root of their efforts. Especially by the way that they are trying to take the leading role in coordinating relief. I wonder how long it will be before we start seeing US construction firms winning lucrative contracts for redevelopment of the region? Am I being too cynical?