A cyclone in Burma and an earthquake in China.
Natural disasters are just that. Natural.
It doesn’t mean that we should be any less sympathetic or charitable. Luckily China has, in it’s own ways, the resources to deal with a disaster of this scale. However, with possibly hundreds of thousands dead or dying and damage to infrastructure beyond comprehension hopefully they will be more open to outside help than the dictatorship that is Burma.
I have been reading in newspapers, online and hearing over the radio how this secretive state is blocking foreign aid at almost every turn. Either simply not letting aid and aid workers in, or placing unreasonable conditions on the aid agencies involved. The ruling military power is taking the abuse of human rights to new levels and we as a civilised world should not take their ‘no’ for an answer. Forcing aid in via peaceful means should be considered.
The world is at a stage in it’s life, with us as the dominate species, where nobody should go hungry, nobodies human rights should be infringed on and we should be looking after our fragile planet. Even more so in a time where millions of litres of water has to be shipped in to Spain, just for people to be able to drink, due to never before seen levels of drought. Sceptics beware, global warming may just be rearing it’s head enough to bite.
Sadly, even in times of desperate need, lives that could be saved through the goodness and charity of others is refused and the human race suffers needlessly.
Our evolution stutters in the face of adversity and our right to call ourselves civilized should be called in to question more often than not.
We fail to act over atrocities like genocide in Africa. Yet fall over ourselves to initiate a wars over oil and imaginary WMD and terrorists, killing those we profess to save.
I hope with all my heart that the influential Super Powers of the world are subject to the political changes necessary to rip up the rotten foundations of our political morality and that grass roots voters open their eyes and minds to the reality of our existence.
We are one species, one human race on one small planet.