Ethan Casey, veteran international journalist, editor, and author
In the same year, 2010, Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake and Pakistan suffered horrific floods leaving some two million people homeless and 20% of the country under water. Human suffering is human suffering, wherever it happens. The earthquake in Haiti and the floods in Pakistan were natural disasters, but they didn't happen in a geopolitical vacuum. If Haiti meets our need to have someone to pity, Pakistan fulfills our need to have someone or something to fear. Fear, pity, and contempt are easy, self-indulgent emotions. Much more demanding is to cultivate and practice respect and work for justice.