Submitted by Sander-Martijn on Sun, 03/20/2011 - 10:43
I feel terrible about what has happened in Japan, I really do. That said, let's look at the facts. Japan has been surrounded by major fault lines forever. The island was built from volcanos and eathquakes and tsunamis are commonplace. It has never been an issue of whether something of this magnitude would happen there, only when. If they didn't like the idea they've had by conservative ideas a century to migrate to more stable ground, more realistically milenia. They chose to stay, knowingly.
People living in places such as Haiti have never had that opportunity. Most of them can't even consider leaving their town leave alone the country. If there is an earthquake (as there was there last year), they can't pick their family up and go somewhere else for a while, crying about the loss of their home. Instead they are faced with the loss of everything. No insurance or government aid to work them through this, and I'll remind you that there are no expectations - this is not a country where this is a typical issue, it was a complete surprise.