An earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale struck Haiti near the capital city of Port-au-Prince yesterday, January 12th, 2010. It was the strongest earthquake recorded in the area since 1860. The quake was so devastating that the Haitian government has effectively ceased to exist. There are no reliable reports of the number of deaths in the region, but most certainly it will be in the thousands, possibly even hundreds of thousands. Hundreds of thousands!
Within hours of the disaster, aid was on its way to the impoverished island nation from the United Kingdom, France, Colombia, and the United States. President Obama pledged all out support earlier today.
One doesn't need some morbid Cormac McCarthy indulgence to imagine the suffering and fear that is occurring at this very moment. There are desperate, hopeless people down there right now. Orphaned children, dazed and destitute elderly, grief-stricken parents.
Come on, America! Our neighbors need help. Let's remind the world that we are a good, decent, and compassionate people. Let's get behind these relief efforts.