Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Nightmare in Haiti

Its more than a little sobering when you consider the numbers involved- an earthquake that might have killed more than 100,000 people and effected 500,000 or more.

We're talking about a loss of life in a single day that may exceed that the US sustained in the 14 years of the Vietnam War times two. The injured and displaced might be enough to fill the University of Michigan's "Big House" stadium five times over. And these are just the early estimates- nobody will be sure for weeks what the actual toll will be.

Haiti is the most impoverished nation in the Western Hemisphere, yet I would bet few Americans could find it on a map of the region. Its been deforested for years, and most of its people live in unimaginable poverty. Its safe to say that many Americans might have better backyard sheds or more comfortable garages than the structures that many on this western half of Hispaniola call "home".

This blog dabbles in politics, but is actually more of an entertainment for its readers. But in a situation like the one that exists in Haiti as I type this, there is little glibness. The only thoughts are for those in suffering and in pain, and and of prayers, and a modest offer to help in a small way.

Below, the raw video from CBS and YouTube of the tragedy. Sadly, some of the comments at the site where this was originally posted contain some of the ugliest racist garbage I've seen in years.

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