TsunamiI'm in Iowa, at the local Community College and was just getting online to put up a short post I forgot to do just before I left. That was about my recently re-organised pictures at Photobucket.
But, in the 24 hours I was travelling, the tsunami's hit Southeast Asia. It's a bit surreal to hear about it now, and see the death toll estimates have hit 50,000, and will climb I'm sure. The island of Sumatra was moved 100 feet to the southwest...I'm not quite sure what to think...
In one day a natural event kills more people than terrorism or the 'war on terror' has in the past four years. That's not based on accurate figures, that's just what I'm thinking. It puts things in perspective a little bit. How? Not that I ever felt the war on terror was particularly legitimate or effective anyway, but it reinforces for me the responsibility to care and provide for the needy of the world is higher than the need to destroy 'our' enemies. Anyway, it's all news to me because a) I was travelling when it happened and b) I'm in a relative news vacuum here. The rest of you have, I'm sure, seen, read and heard more than you care to. I'll leave one last link that some will have already seen, it's the SEA-EAT (South-East Asia Earthquake and Tsunami) blog, which may be of interest to some. Holy crap... Okay, Wikipedia site... 56,000 confirmed dead, 55-60,000 estimated dead, more than 10,500 injured, more than 80,000 missing... well, enjoy your days and thank God we have life, and easy at that. See you in a few weeks.
the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 12/28/2004 12:04:00 pm || ||