Unnatural disasters

Much of the world’s attention has rightly been focused on the catastrophic loss of life caused by the tsunami that swept across the Indian Ocean last month, reminding us in the most horrific way that nature’s capriciousness can be as deadly as man’s own enmity or folly. As the nations of the world scramble to provide relief for the survivors, the number of the dead is now estimated at 140,000 and rising. The human toll and the scope of...

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