The idea I put forward below of an immediate, ongoing and large airlift of injured Haitians to hospitals across the U.S. has generated some negative responses. But it still seems much more sensible to me than trying to airlift in all the medical supplies and professionals necessary to save lives in the country. Rather than trying to take a functioning, modern medical system to the Haitians who need it, why not simply stabilize and bring the seriously hurt Haitians to the functioning, modern medical system we already have a relatively short plane ride away.
Send a C-130 full of patients to New York, then one to Boston, then one to Cleveland, then to Detroit etc. The local medical communities could figure out how to distribute the patients and the efficient use of the relief assistance would be guaranteed.
I have opened a thread at the Hughniverse blog for comments pro and con. If you aren’t a member, you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a blogger that agrees/disagrees and posts on the subject, send me the link.
And a reminder of four, excellent, already-operating-in-Haiti Christian relief organizations that could use help right now: