Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Tsunami: Now For Some Questions

As we try to come to terms with the scale of the tsunami tragedy it may be inappropriate to make political points. But I will anyway.
Firstly, we learn that the governments of the region decided not to spend money on an early warning system because these events were quite rare. Had they done so, up to two thirds of the fatalities could have been avoided. How many members of these governments lost their lives in this tragedy I wonder? And were the people at risk and whom they represent ever given a vote on whether they wanted the protection of a warning system?

Secondly, there have been heart-warming stories about the help offered to British tourists returning to Gatwick, some of whom had lost all their possessions. Clothing was bought, or donated, from the airport shops. Medical and counselling services were on hand and free accommodation was available at hotels. Wonderful. But a bit of a contrast to the reception this country gives to foreign nationals fleeing persecution and death. I thought again of the Iranian man sentenced to death for being gay whom the Home Office were determined to deport to be sliced in two with a sword. They didn't because he commited suicide in a British benefits office by self-immolation when all his appeals had failed.

Finally, we're hearing an awful lot about Mother Earth and the fearsome power of nature. What's going on? Have we suddenly reverted to pagan times? Silly me. I forgot that God only showers us with blessings and miracles. God doesn't 'do' the bad stuff. The Christians will take care to wipe his fingerprints off this one and make sure he has a good alibi. They can't play the old 'free will' card for this one so, if cornered, expect them to fall back on 'working in mysterious ways'. That usually works a treat on people who've had a full frontal lobotomy.


At 8:48 PM, Blogger Steve said...

Well said Willie. Actually, so far, they've been a little reticent haven't they? Still working the excuses out probably.

At 9:56 AM, Blogger Willie Lupin said...

Steve, they're too busy worrying about gay priests and how to stop Africans using condoms. A woman on Thought For The Day tackled the subject this morning but it was gibberish. Nothing new there then.

At 2:04 PM, Blogger The absent referent said...

A good alibi? Don't tell me that your Christians feel the need for intellectual justifications, even lame ones. Ours (American ones) aren't the least bit troubled by glaring inconsistency. Note our recent "election". (I exempt certain Episcopalians, all Unitarians and those Catholics in the "social justice" wing of the congregation.)

At 11:47 AM, Blogger peter said...

Beat everyone to it, even the Guardian, when on Dec 26 we said, "Praise the Lord, for He is merciful". (This was a pisstake of course.) Holy Mother Earth we mentioned also, as just the day before it'd been the Holy Mother Church. And His Holiness the Pope. Thought I'd give Nature a wee mention.

I'm sure a man of your undoubted etc. sees my little ploys, Willy. Sometimes I think we make the Grauny seem poitively Tellytubby.

At 12:10 PM, Blogger peter said...

Poitively. Is that a word? Guess it is now. And there's you just commenting, quite rightly, on typos.

At 3:41 PM, Blogger Willie Lupin said...

Yes, Peter, I enjoy your little ploys.
I'm sure there's the odd typo in my blog, although I proof read it about six times - force of habit because it's something I've had to do in my employment. Trouble is, it's difficult to proof read your own work. The relationship between the eye and the brain is a lot less reliable than we think.

At 5:02 PM, Blogger peter said...

Just remembered the Port O Leith Bar got named the Holy Mother Pub yesterday. Been kinda holy week. Time to drop it now. The Guardian's getting too predictable. Blogs are better.

At 8:48 PM, Blogger Willie Lupin said...

I agree about the Guardian, although I wouldn't be without it. But any mainstream media is bland compared to blogs.


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