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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can cause enormous irreparable harm and unimaginable suffering. Indeed, it is the only thing other than smallpox or earthquakes or drought or malaria or floods that ever has. Oh, or tuberculosis."

Disasters

Jan. 4th, 2005 04:32 pm
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I'm very sorry that 100,000+ people died and 5 million more have had their lives wrecked by the earthquake and tsunamis. It's good to see and hear all the charitable impulses at work.

However, the first thing that crosses my mind is to wonder why we're falling over ourselves to help victims of a natural disaster, but we do so little to help those whose lives are destroyed by their fellow humans. With a tsunami, all we can do is try to help the survivors. With human cruelty, we could even stop it before it starts, and failing that, we could help the victims just as well as we're doing now for the tsunami victims.

The Indonesian province of Aceh is one of the hardest hit areas, but hardly anyone had heard of it before, even though at least as many have been deliberately slaughtered in Aceh as have been killed by the tsunami.

Oh well.

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