It seems that most of the people commenting on both sides of this issue don't actually understand it. This is a diplomatic action. The words cost nothing; the vote will take little time and will pass unanimously. When it does, our nation will have officially offered our sympathy, but this will not preclude our taking further action or sending aid. When tragedy strikes a friend or neighbor, you first offer your sympathies, and then offer to help however you can and are willing. This declaration will simply be the first part of that process.