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The disaster relief profession, like its development cousin, has grown wiser and humbler

By Sebastian Mallaby   February 2005

In the first days of January, George W Bush summoned his father (the ex-president), his brother (the future president?), and even Bill Clinton (the ex-president and maybe the future ex of a president), directing them all to assist revving up America’s response to Asia’s tsunami. Seldom has so much star power been so superfluous. Even before the stars were activated, a spontaneous emotional earthquake had occurred somewhere deep within the western psyche, and a tsunami of money had begun rolling towards the Indian ocean. By 3rd January, one week after the disaster, private US donations amounted to over £87m; Britons…

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