Trippy experience of collective thought. I left this comment on Buzzmachine today:
...Some things are so obvious they go without saying: of course helping people is the reason to take action!  But if that's not compelling enough, you can add secondary reasons (psst: not only is this the right thing to do, there's something in it for you!).
Maybe Americans are recognizing this as an  OPPORTUNITY to battle oppressive Islam by extending aid and goodwill in times of tragedy.  Fighting a war with weapons AND good PR, what a concept.
And later I see that Altercation, who I have not read in looong time, posted this a few hours earlier: