Thursday, September 01, 2005
The trail of tears
Waking up this morning is like reading a tale of biblical disaster. Consider if you will, that in the span of 36 hours close to 2000 people perished. It will take New Orleans years to recover from Hurricane Katrina and the Mayor is saying now that the Storm "probably killed thousands of people in New Orleans, the mayor said Wednesday - an estimate that, if accurate, would make the storm the nation's deadliest natural disaster since at least the 1906 San Francisco earthquake."
On the other side of the planet, over one thousand Iraqis are dead or injured for reasons I don't fully understand. :
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Trampled, crushed against barricades or plunging into
the Tigris River, more than 700 Shiite pilgrims died Wednesday when a procession
across a Baghdad bridge was engulfed in panic over rumors that a suicide bomber
was at large.
Most of the dead were women and children, Interior Ministry spokesman Lt. Col. Adnan Abdul-Rahman said. It was the single biggest confirmed loss of life in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion. Dr. Swadi Karim of the Health Ministry operations section said 769 were killed and 307 injured.
Amazing.....The National Guard and law enforcement have their hands full trying to stop looting. Its clear a major call up of national guard will (or should be) required and perhaps they will have to shoot a few to make it clear that law and order will prevail.
We have to find a saner way to run this planet. While I am not a pacifist, I cannot help but think, if the resources that were being expended to fight the 30+ wars raging around the planet could be redirected.......
Herman Wouk is right. Either war is finished or we are.
And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all [these things] must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these [are] the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my
name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.