Foreign Aid: Mr. Catastrophe

Sicily was still quaking last week as American relief planes lifted off for Palermo. Air Force and Navy transports carried tents, blankets, food, military trucks and antibiotics, a full 72,000 lbs. of emergency supplies for the victims of the island's worst disaster since 1908 (see THE WORLD). Within hours of the first flights, U.S. television screens recorded glimpses of their handiwork: snug tent villages erected amidst the rubble, field kitchens turning out hot meals, doctors and medics ministering to the shocked and the injured. No one watched with greater concern than...