It’s heartening to read that governments like the US and the Japanese are now increasing the amount of aid they are giving to the countries and people affected by the Tsunamis. The stories appearing daily about the human and societal impact are heartbreaking. It was most appropriate that we all spent some time on New Years’ Eve reflecting or praying, but as John Quiggin points out, we must all take care to be vigilant in keeping this event in our minds as time passes.
Last week, Scott rightly pointed out that words are often cheap in these sorts of awful contexts. It has distressed me that writers in the media and the blogosphere have misused these terrible events to score political or religious points. I don’t want to name names or say too much but I want to endorse this comment by yellowinyl:
on the last point, I have found the various op/ed pieces over the last week about whether the awful disasters prove that god does or does not exist or whether latte sippers will blame it on George W. exceptionally distasteful, if not thoroughly contemptible and repugnant. I wish some of these columnists had listened to Scott’s call to shut the fuck up.
I don’t think it makes a skerrick of difference whether the commentators she refers to come from the Right or Left. At this time, politicisation of such a tragedy is deplorable, and these people ought better to employ their talents and resources in doing something to help, and to ensure that the help continues. As ought we all.