Don Salyards compares the recent Haiti earthquake with the one in Gujarat, India in 2001. An excerpt:
Like in Gujarat, buildings in Haiti were poorly-designed concrete structures that simply “pan caked” down, crushing most of the inhabitants. On my hard drive I’ve got photos taken by some of my friends who quickly traveled to assist survivors of the Indian quake; photos of little kids’ hands sticking out of concrete slabs, mothers crushed with their babies; all of which look resoundingly similar to the images coming in from Haiti. Those photos are heartbreaking.
No country deserves an earthquake. Statements by Christian Ayatollah Pat Robinson to the effect that the Haitians “swore a pact to the devil” and are being punished by God are neither useful nor responsible. I’ve never been to Haiti, but I’ve spent weeks and weeks in Gujarat. The Guajarati’s are predominantly Hindu. I have lived, eaten, and worshiped with them. I know firsthand that God loves them as much as he loves any people on this earth, and he loves the Haitians as well. Natural disasters are a part of the natural order. Like floods, hurricanes, and tornados, earthquakes kill some people and spare others; there is no grand plan as to who dies and who survives.