Saturday, December 26, 2009

first, pause to remember

A delightful (!) little (long) Christmas post is coming, but first...

Take a moment to remember the deadly tsunami of December 26, 2004 that killed approximately 250,000 people in Asia when an undersea earthquake (9.0 on the Ricter scale) was felt off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia.

We don't remember these things, do we?

September 11, 2001 is far more ingrained into our minds, hearts and newspapers, even though it was twice as long ago as the 2004 Tsunami. And there was only a fraction killed when compared to the tsunami. 3,000 in 9/11 and 250,000 in the tsunami. 9/11's death toll was 0.012% of the tsunami.

Did anyone else remember it today? I know that I needed a headline to remind me.

Don't misunderstand: the September 11 terrorist attacks were terrible, horrific and inexcusable. They are also not to be forgotten.

And I get it, Asia is much farther away, but they are people too.

Sorry for the depressing post, a much more cheerful Christmas post will follow later.


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