I'm separated from my family. My health and sanity are failing. I'm running out of money and I'm not entirely sure how I'm going to pay my bills. The economy downturn is seriously kicking my ass (thanks, Dubya). I need money.
On the other hand, there's nobody dropping bombs on my home and my family.
If you haven't heard about the conflict in Georgia yet, it's time to turn on the news. Russia has invaded the sovereign country that was once a fellow member of the Soviet Union. From what I've learned, this country has worked it's ass off over the years since the dissolution of the Soviet Union to go from one of the most corrupt countries to a bastion of Democracy. And now they're being systematically conquered. They're getting bombed right now.
Georgia is one of the few countries that have sent troops to Iraq to support us there. They had to pull their troops out last week in order to attempt to defend their own country. I think it's been obvious that I'm not a fan of the Iraq war, but it's worth mentioning that they sent their soldiers to die with ours as a demonstration of loyalty to our country in what is a distinctly American "war".
Yesterday Russia called a cease fire, then continued rolling tanks into the country and dropping bombs. Today Condoleeza Rice is being sent to France and to Georgia. She's intentionally not going to Russia, which seems like exactly where she needs to be going. I'm not sure how she's going to convince Russia to withdraw their troops from Georgia... from Georgia.
We can't help militarily. Even if America was willing to we're so overstretched in Iraq and Afghanistan that we would have difficulty defending our own borders at the moment. Apparently all Bush is going to do is throw Rice at them (pun intended).
I wish her luck, but even though I'm broke I'm going to do what I can to help the people getting bombed, because I'm still luckier than they are right now. I'm not sure if this is the charity I'm going to use, but it seems like a good choice based on an initial google search.