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  •  Half of the affected people (4.00)
    are not Muslims.  They are Buddhist or Hindu, most probably.  We should not identify this multi-national tragedy with just one group.  The whole area needs our help.

    In the early 1980's I visited many of the affected areas in Thailand, Sri Lanka and surrounding islands.  In addition to horror and sadness, one thought I had is that this is what the global rise in sea level will look like.  The Maldives are just a few feet above sea level. In parts of Bangkok high tide reached into the streets even then.

    The other thought is that this may be the prelude to increased vulcanism under the Indian Ocean.  The area of the earthquakes was huge--600 miles long.  The area needs warning systems for rising sea levels for many reasons.  Humanitarian aid is just the beginning.


    If you're going in the wrong direction and you stay the course, where, exactly, do you wind up?

    by Mimikatz on Wed Dec 29, 2004 at 11:30:11 AM PST

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    •  Sorry, (none)
      I should have qualified it with a "in the same manner that they condemned liberals/heathens after 9/11."

      I certainly don't believe this was the act of a vengeful God. Just an act of nature.

      Guy Andrew Hall a.k.a. Rook

      by Rook on Wed Dec 29, 2004 at 01:31:22 PM PST

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    •  Climate change effects (none)
      I agree that the tsunami, though geological in origin, is a prelude to the kind of damage that will become more frequent as oceans rise and storms increase, causing storm surges that will wash inland. The Maldives will certainly be underwater, along with a lot of other islands and atolls. Most of the world's population lives on coasts.

      The cause of this accelerated global climate change, as we all know, is greenhouse gases from tail pipes and smokestacks.

       Not only are they changing the climate and setting off a series of events that are resulting in the melting of ice caps and glaciers, these pollutants are killing people around the world at the estimated rate of nearly 3 million deaths per year (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer; if you add cardiovascular disease, the number grows to nearly 9 million).

       A lot of these deaths are preventable.  They're caused by the burning of fossil fuels and biomass.

    •  All of the affected people (none)
      are human beings.

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