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Thursday, January 06, 2005
Back from hiatus
Has it really been a couple months since I posted? Yikes!
Nevertheless, here I am, back from vacationland - no, not my vacation ... filling in for everyone else's vacations. Now I need one, but it will have to wait.
Regular readers know my crazy schedule - irregular readers don't want to know.
Let's kick things off with some thoughts on the tsunami, and relief efforts, from this week's Leader:
The terrible tragedy in the countries circling the Indian Ocean is cause for reflection on a number of issues.
That’s just an overview of tremor-induced waves. Think about all the volcanoes, earthquakes and landslides. Look into space, and notice and comets and meteors whizzing by, and occasionally striking, the earth. Consider the cycles of heat and cold across time which by comparison dwarf the slight rise in atmospheric temperatures noted in the past century.
Rush Limbaugh, on his radio program Monday, was going through some of these natural events to point out how little humans really can do to affect the earth, and how great is our arrogance to think otherwise.
Economic advancement and good government, democratically-based, create a system of protection and warning for all their citizens. The areas most affected range from war-torn Somalia, Sri Lanka and the Indonesian island of Ache to those struggling out of Third World poverty like India and Thailand.
Make no mistake: A similar tsunami hitting the U.S. or Europe would have killed many people. But many, many more potentially at risk would have survived.
Advancing freedom and prosperity has a very tangible effect for the poorest in our world.
The chief complaint from U.N. officials had nothing to do with how much the U.S. was contributing; it had to do with how much the U.N. would control the money. After scandals like the Oil for Food Program, the Congo sex scandal, Darfur, the Palestinian camps, Rwanda, Kosovo, Bosnia, etc., is there any reason U.N. officials should be trusted? Give the money to those who will use it properly, and allow the U.N. bureaucracy to sulk all it wants.
It is, however, a little disappointing to see a few in the mainstream media give encouragement to people who so despicably use a terrible disaster as a power grab.
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