I know it's probably a tacky thing to be thinking about, but considering the Oil-for-Food debacle,
can the UN still actually be trusted to collect and distribute funds and materials for aid efforts on a large scale? Will money intended for tsunami victims in Southeast Asia somehow find its way into the pockets of local officials or UN apparatchiks?
(Yes, I'm sure the cynical would question whether the money Amazon
collects will actually get to the Red Cross, and further on to those same victims...but then, there isn't any evidence Amazon isn't
more trustworthy a body than the UN at this point.)