A few days ago, I watched one of the videos showing members of a terrorist group in Iraq killing truckloads of people. Most of the victims were young men. Bullets were put into heads by cold, cruel hands. It was a blood bath. It is the face of pure evil.
After a long, arduous search, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is still missing. After its communications went silent and its tracking systems were turned off, the Malaysian flight baffled investigators by its apparent disappearance "out of thin air."
During this past week Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most violent storms ever recorded, ripped through the mid-section of the Philippines and virtually destroyed the city of Tacloban on the island of Leyte. Thousands perished and neighborhood after neighborhood was destroyed. We all grieved as we saw the faces of people who had lost loved ones and were now suffering in the aftermath of the storm. The stories of the worst of human behavior followed as well as heroic stories of people watching out for and caring for one another.
A stunning move by the Swiss National Bank in September signals the opening round of a currency war as Switzerland sets exchange limits to protect its domestic economy. What are the ultimate repercussions of such actions?
While the United States continues to vie for influence in Central Asia, a multi-state organization of Central and East Asian powers is gaining in prominence in this important region. Does this hold any prophetic significance? What does it mean for the rest of the world?
What has emerged from this multidimensional tragedy and caught the world's attention is not the size or scale of the quake or tsunami, or nuclear waste leaks, but the size of the hearts of everyday workers at the plant who have stepped up in time of trouble.
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