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Hot Off the Press, The World Is Watching Now

posted by Jael Ever @ 12:11 PM
August 26, 2010

In the last few days, the national press has caught on to devastations in Pakistan.  Worse than the Indonesian tsunamis and hurricane flooding in Haiti, in Pakistan some 20 million people from small, remote villages have been displaced, and are in need of shelter, food and fresh drinking water.  Massive flooding, from the most destructive monsoons the country has ever seen, flow literally down the center of that nation, with a quarter of the country remaining underwater.  

 Recently, Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations stated: “”This has been a heart-wrenching day for me . . . I will never forget the destruction and suffering I have witnessed today. In the past I have witnessed many natural disasters around the world, but nothing like this.”  Moreover, with threats of water-borne diseases, as well as several weeks remaining in the monsoon season, world watchers expect the situation to get worse.  Most of the destruction so far has been in remote mountainous regions, but now swollen rivers are moving southward downstream threatening cities.

 And, unlike those other two multi-climatic destructions, the international community has been very slow to respond with aid.  The Red Cross explains that aid is typically slower for floods than for other maladies.  But a CNN reporter suggested to the now-returned-home President Zardari that he may be the problem.  She was implying that the governmental corruption so prevalent in Pakistan is putting a hold on national and individual pursestrings.
 While Russia does not get the national media spotlight now as intently as Pakistan, it is experiencing the worse summer heat of any time since it started keeping records 130 years ago.  Fires, stoked by the drying heat, still send smoldering hazes through country-sides.  And, in the capital, Moscow, smog from those fires still keep people indoors or wearing protective masks when stepping outside.  And, as in Pakistan, officials expect diseases and death to result.  This week, the Associated Press reports that in Russia, unprecedented heat and suffocating smog will lead to more suicides, higher rates of alcohol abuse and other problems.”  Moscow’s death rate has doubled to some 700 people a day, and 5,840 more people died in that capitol city in July than in the same month last year.

 But the unspoken fear is that both of these countries rely on nuclear energy, and Russia’s Chernobyl nuclear power plant has already had the worse nuclear accident on record.  Moreover, Pakistan’s weak government is greatly threatened by the taliban, and if this rebellious near-worldwide army gets its hands on the murderous power of nuclear energy, the whole world is in more trouble than it is already.  Truly, as the prophet Jeremiah writes in Lamentations 3: 22, “It is of The Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.”  Start watching world events through the lens of Bible prophecies.  And, along with wearing wholesale Christian tee shirts, you should be able to stay cool.

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