This sounds very cold of me and that's not my intention but I think shows of sympathy are most effective and are appreciated the most when they come from regular citizens and not the respective governments.
Right. Agree. Nice.
But not much more can be done at the official level, since there are too many such terrible tragedies happening around the clock all over the world. For example, acording to Polish Prime Minister Office, yesterday alone they sent three condolences, premier.gov.pl/centrum_prasowe/wydarzenia/ :
2011-07-11: To the President of Republic of Cyprus, Dimitris Christofias and the families of victims of the explosion and fire at a military base
2011-07-11: To the Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov and families of fire victims in the Rowne Region
2011-07-11: To the Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin and families and relatives of victims who sank with the cruise ship "Bulgaria."
- Moved to the depths of a terrible tragedy and the number of victims of the disaster, I offer you on behalf of myself, the Polish government and Polish society our sincere condolences and deepest sympathy. In these difficult and painful moments for the whole of Russia, the Polish nation stays together in solidarity with the Russian nation