some deaths are more equal than others...
The prognosis is that the eventual death toll might go as high as 100,000. My heart goes out to all who are suffering the loss of a loved one, those who were injured, those who have lost much (if not everything) and those who in the days and weeks to come will face suffering (if not death) from thirst, hunger and the epidemics of disease that follow such events.
It is truly heart wrenching.
But I detect a hypocrisy here in Australia - the hypocrisy which results when the massive death and suffering caused by a tsunami, i.e. a natural, unavoidable disaster, unites us in grief, concern, and commiseration for those affected, and yet, when an even greater death toll, exacted under even more horrendous circumstances, visited upon a people subjected to a war which was totally avoidable, only half of this country's population is seriously troubled, whilst the other half is actively barracking for the invaders, the perpetrators of that war crime. Why? Because we're part of that invading army, we're accomplices in that war crime, but only half of the population is willing to tell it like it is.
And I too am a hypocrite. I feel little for the invaders of Iraq who are killed or injured, or for the insurgents killed or injured whilst fighting them. I see them all as belligerent fools, sucked into perpetuating the myth that the use of violence and killing is a valid way to resolve conflicts, be they political, ideologicial or religious - all of them cowards too timid to try more peaceful methods.
"The greatest coward can hurt the most ferociously." - The Eurythmics