It has been a harsh time for many communities following recent Australian and New Zealand natural disasters. 35 have died in the floods on the East Coast of Australia, with most of the deaths occurring in Queensland. The latest news is of 75 confirmed deaths in Christchurch following the earthquake, with more expected to be counted as the recovery gets underway. In addition to the toll on human life, an amazing amount of environmental and economic damage has been wrought.
But it has taken just one nut-bag clinging to power to see around 300 people taken from their families and this world; reports continue of unarmed, peaceful protesters being randomly fired upon, and bombs being dropped in cities and towns. Domestic and international supporters of the Gaddafi regime are of course also responsible.
That is without mentioning the dead in Tunisia, Egypt or Bahrain. Or the soldiers and civilians that have died this year in Iraq and Afghanistan, or any other regions of conflict at the moment.
Mother nature can be a bitch, but what does that make of us?
My heart goes out to all those that have lost loved ones in the recent months of sturm und drang.