Monday, May 09, 2005

Did UN vacations kill a quarter-million people?

World Net Daily reports that virtually all of the 310 UN workers who were supposed to be monitoring seismic activity were on vacation at once -- just in time for the tsunami.

Certainly there needs to be a massive investigation into this, especially considering the Oil-For-Food scandal and the sexual abuse by UN workers in crisis areas. Read The Lords of Poverty for more about how the poverty bureaucrats get fat from the deaths of the poor.


At 8:37 PM, Anonymous Vanessa said...

I don't really get the point of the article besides UN bashing.

Several different research centers around the world knew about the tsunami minutes after the earthquake occured. The problem was a lack of a disaster warning infrastructure in some of the countries so it took valueable time before they finally were able to warn them, if at all.
That's why you have accounts of people who lived in a country where a warning system was in place who managed to contact their families or friends in a different country to get to safety.
One more monitoring station wouldn't have made any difference. There wasn't anyone for them to warn.

WorldNetDaily isn't a credible news source, it's a tin foil hat club and I've yet to see a single article from them that wasn't based more on fiction than facts.

At 11:35 PM, Blogger Christina said...

I was just raising the question. My knee-jerk response to the finger-pointing after the tsunami was, "People did the best they could." But that was assuming everybody was on-duty.

I have some serious bones to pick with the UN on a number of issues that cost far too many people their lives to look the other way here, though. If the UN is broken beyond repair, we need to face it squarely and scrap it. Just as Marty Knisley scrapped Byberry State Hospital. Did that mean all the Byberry staff were evil? No; it just meant that the system there was irrevocably broken.


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