After watching the tragic events in Japan on the news, I was struck with a haunting realization. As long as the human suffering is caused by nature the nations of the world come running to aid the helpless victims. But when the human suffering is caused by a despot, dictator or some group of political or religious haters, the world sends words instead of real help. The suffering is the same in both cases, so why must the civilized nations of the world distinguish between the two?
We need to get our priorities straight as a global community so that situations like Rwanda, Darfur, Sudan and countless other human atrocities are dealt with as swiftly as the aid pouring into Japan, Haiti and other victims of natural disasters. I am sorry to say this, but the UN has lost its vision, values and courage to take a stand for helpless victims, no matter what the cause.