« "This is truly a stunning effect" | Main | Gallup now as biased as Rasmussen »

Haiti Suffers Worst Earthquake in 200 Years

The Haitian capital, Port-Au-Prince, has been devastated by a massive earthquake:

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Haitians piled bodies along the devastated streets of their capital Wednesday after the strongest earthquake to hit the poor Caribbean nation in more than 200 years crushed thousands of structures, from schools and shacks to the National Palace and the U.N. peacekeeping headquarters. Untold numbers were still trapped.

It seemed clear that the death toll from Tuesday afternoon's magnitude-7.0 quake would run into the thousands. France's foreign minister said the head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission was apparently among the dead.

International Red Cross spokesman Paul Conneally said a third of Haiti's 9 million people may need emergency aid and that it would take a day or two for a clear picture of the damage to emerge. The United Nations said the capital's main airport was "fully operational" and that relief flights would begin Wednesday.

Aftershocks continued to rattle the capital of 2 million people as women covered in dust clawed out of debris, wailing. Stunned people wandered the streets holding hands. Thousands gathered in public squares to sing hymns.

People pulled bodies from collapsed homes, covering them with sheets by the side of the road. Passersby lifted the sheets to see if loved ones were underneath. Outside a crumbled building the bodies of five children and three adults lay in a pile.

The United States and other nations -- from Iceland to Venezuela -- said they would start sending aid workers and rescue teams to Haiti on Wednesday as the start of a major emergency operation. The international Red Cross and other aid groups announced plans for major relief operations in the Western Hemisphere's poorest country.

Our prayers go out to the people of Haiti, who are desperately hurting this morning.

But I wonder, if the US sends an aircraft carrier to assist with the Haitian rescue operation, will President Obama be savaged as an "idiot" like President Bush was, when he sent the USS Abraham Lincoln to Indonesia after the deadly December 2004 tsunami? Or will the UN criticize our efforts as "stingy"?

I suppose we can at least be thankful that the bitterness exhibited by the Left with regard to every single move made by the Bush Administration no longer exists with respect to the Obama White House. Hopefully the absence of animosity will allow our relief efforts to run as smoothly as possible.


TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
/cgi-bin/mt-tb.cgi/37851.

Comments (24)

So - what about Santo Domin... (Below threshold)
mojo:

So - what about Santo Domingo?

Did the other half of the island somehow escape unharmed?

Not a word on it. Curious.

Will the jerks from GREENPE... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

Will the jerks from GREENPEACE blame this on GLOBAL WARMING like they tried to do with the DEC 26TH 2004 tsunami?

Mojo - I heard reports from... (Below threshold)
PJ:

Mojo - I heard reports from people on the other side - they felt it but no damage - or no significant damage, anyway. I also heard that the earthquake was very shallow, right by Port-au-Prince.

Wont be long until it is r... (Below threshold)
914:

Wont be long until it is revealed that the Bush administration left Haiti unprepared for this eventuality.

Barry: "I have directed ... (Below threshold)
914:

Barry: "I have directed a swift and coordinated response to the Haiti crisis."


We pray it will not be like the swift stimulis recovery act or the coordinated response to the depends ultra blower upper..

Maybe Bill Clinton's friend... (Below threshold)
mpw280:

Maybe Bill Clinton's friends will help rebuild the telephone system so they can steal some more money from the extremely poor people of Haiti. I wonder how much european money and resources will pour into Haiti to help them out? mpw

I submit that this is far f... (Below threshold)

I submit that this is far from being the time to be snarky with political overtones. Real human beings are in real dire straits right now and need our help. Anyone who tries to politicize this is a dweeb! I've made a contribution to a charity that is already set up to funnel contributions of money into Haiti (and has been for quite a while) and whose administrative and fund-raising costs are nearly nonexistent. I would hope that people will make contributions ($20 will go a long, long way toward feeding these people and making them feel a tiny bit safer) and in addition pray for them. I lived in Southern California for 20 years and the aftershocks rattled your brain for days and weeks and months after a big quake. The Haitian people are far from being out of the woods here!

<a href="http://www.foodfor... (Below threshold)

http://www.foodforthepoor.org/ is the organization of which I speak. They even will provide the people with a fruit tree or 20 chickens so it's able to become a self-sustaining kind of assistance!

We should be damn sure we d... (Below threshold)
Steve Green:

We should be damn sure we don't spend a dime helping Haitians. It will only add to the U.S. national debt that is going to DROWN your children, SMOTHERING them and SHACKLING them forever, DAMNING THEM to a miserable life of SOCIALIST SLAVERY as they await their early DEATH at the hands of GOVERNMENT DEATH PANELS that are being sponsored by the EVIL MAINSTREAM MEDIA.

signed,
Typical Right Wing Asshat

PS: It's all Harry Reid's fault! (this week at least)

Gayle:I am in full... (Below threshold)
Iowaright wife:

Gayle:

I am in full agreement with you. Our sister parish is in Haiti and we wait to hear word of their status. My prayers are with all in Haiti.

BTW Steve Green it is not that Right Wing Types mind helping out people truly in need, such as the poor people of Haiti. We do get a little upset when the government wastes our money by trying to regulate every aspect of our lives and giving money to companies that are "too big to fail". You should be ashamed of your post.

"BTW Steve Green it is n... (Below threshold)
Steve Green:

"BTW Steve Green it is not that Right Wing Types mind helping out people truly in need, such as the poor people of Haiti."

But the poor people in the U.S. shouldn't get health care insurance - according to many on the right.

Oh wait - it's ok if the poor get health insurance - as long as you don't have to pay for it? right?

Well - if the Obama administration provides aid to Haitians here aren't you and every other taxpayer "paying for it"?

"But the poor people in ... (Below threshold)
914:

"But the poor people in the U.S. shouldn't get health care insurance - according to many on the right."

Nope, not Comrade Barry's plan.

"Oh wait - it's ok if the poor get health insurance - as long as you don't have to pay for it? right?"

Right! I pay for enough shit already, take the corrupt pay to play money out of D.C.s political elite's hand's and there's plenty to pay for it..

"Well - if the Obama administration provides aid to Haitians here aren't you and every other taxpayer "paying for it"?"


Of course, whats new?

What are the odds that Pant... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

What are the odds that Panther6170 shares an IP address with one of the resident leftard trolls?
Maggie and Jay, how's that Trollhammer comming?

Thats what I think SCSIwuzz... (Below threshold)
914:

Thats what I think SCSIwuzzy

An argument could be made t... (Below threshold)

An argument could be made that the US refusal, over several administrations, to allow asylum for Haitians fleeing to the US has played a roll in allowing poverty to dig so deeply into that once proud country. Had those seeking a new life in the US been allowed in they would have undoubtedly worked themselves half to death and sent most of their earnings back home to help those that reminded behind. There would have developed a large educated and affluent, by Haitian standards, class of Haitian Americans with the power to positively influence the development of their native country.That's been the story of many other immigrants from the Caribbean.

But now is not really the time to be making such an argument. Save that for after the dead have been buried and properly mourned.

But now is not really th... (Below threshold)

But now is not really the time to be making such an argument.

Obviously you did think it was time to bring it up and make such a half-witted argument othwerwise you would have needed only to post your last sentence.

Steve Green - Funny, but I ... (Below threshold)

Steve Green - Funny, but I seem to remember that in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the right blogosphere worked tirelessly to promote charity efforts and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the people of New Orleans -- weeks before Federal aid began to arrive.

So, how much money have you donated to Haitian relief efforts today?

s green "PS: It's all ... (Below threshold)
Marc:

s green "PS: It's all Harry Reid's fault! (this week at least)"

More than likely it's your fault as all of your posts are lacking common sense, honesty and so full of partisan BS it "rocks the world."

""Oh wait - it's ok if the poor get health insurance - as long as you don't have to pay for it? right?"

Better ask obama, reid and pelosi why its ok, as both plans offered leave 25 million people uninsured.

If you think they are anything less than the poor you're one nut short of a Snickers Bar.

Everytime I hear a preacher... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

Everytime I hear a preacher blame God for a disastor I wonder if God feels insulted. Nobody likes to be blamed for something the didn't do. If someone falsely accused me of killing even one person it would make me irate.

http://www.hispanicbusiness.com/news/2010/1/13/pat_robertson_blames_haitis_deal_with.htm

Peter F., that is a well es... (Below threshold)

Peter F., that is a well established mechanism by which many countries in the Caribbean have built up (and still do build up) the wealth of the population. Something to keep in the back of your mind for when the finger pointing and placing of blame begins in earnest. For all your bluster the dead still need burying and the living need food and shelter.

#25So why does You... (Below threshold)
914:

#25

So why does Your first gut reaction in the first paragraph #20 start off with possible blame being cast as usual to the U.S. ??

Same old shit. Its the U.S. fault when disasters happen and its the U.S. fault when it pollutes and causes global warming which brings about eathquakes, tsnamis, George Bush and all the evil visited on mankind.

A tiresome you owe us something mentality. BS

Samantha:With all ... (Below threshold)

Samantha:

With all due respect, you're an idiot.

See what I did there? It's called duplicity. You engaged in it in your first post without apology and, oddly enough, completely unaware that you were doing so. The dishonest (and self-serving) construct you presented can be condensed down as follows (i'm paraphrasing here): 'I could present this argument now (well, just the gist of it anyway) get my shots in...then I'll attempt to feign a moral superiority by backing off of with a flippant remark stating we should discuss such matters at a later time...."

Do us (and yourself) a favor: Be honest. Admit that what you have to say is nothing than a this is a reap-what-you-sow-anti-American screed and we can all move on.

"s green "PS: It's all H... (Below threshold)
914:

"s green "PS: It's all Harry Reid's fault! (this week at least)"

More than likely it's your fault as all of your posts are lacking common sense, honesty and so full of partisan BS it "rocks the world and smells of a dirty rotten snicker.

If you think they are anything less than the poor you're one nut short of a Snickers Bar.

Oops, sorry Marc, I got My ... (Below threshold)
914:

Oops, sorry Marc, I got My nuts mixed up..




Advertisements









rightads.gif

beltwaybloggers.gif

insiderslogo.jpg

mba_blue.gif

Follow Wizbang

Follow Wizbang on FacebookFollow Wizbang on TwitterSubscribe to Wizbang feedWizbang Mobile

Contact

Send e-mail tips to us:

[email protected]

Fresh Links

Credits

Section Editor: Maggie Whitton

Editors: Jay Tea, Lorie Byrd, Kim Priestap, DJ Drummond, Michael Laprarie, Baron Von Ottomatic, Shawn Mallow, Rick, Dan Karipides, Michael Avitablile, Charlie Quidnunc, Steve Schippert

Emeritus: Paul, Mary Katherine Ham, Jim Addison, Alexander K. McClure, Cassy Fiano, Bill Jempty, John Stansbury, Rob Port

In Memorium: HughS

All original content copyright © 2003-2010 by Wizbang®, LLC. All rights reserved. Wizbang® is a registered service mark.

Powered by Movable Type Pro 4.361

Hosting by ServInt

Ratings on this site are powered by the Ajax Ratings Pro plugin for Movable Type.

Search on this site is powered by the FastSearch plugin for Movable Type.

Blogrolls on this site are powered by the MT-Blogroll.

Temporary site design is based on Cutline and Cutline for MT. Graphics by Apothegm Designs.

Author Login



Terms Of Service

DCMA Compliance Notice

Privacy Policy