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I sat down today to write part two of my CIO Zone article about disaster recovery (DR) automation that addresses the cost factors of DR deployments. But after being glued to the news for the past few days and weeks following the nature-caused disaster in Japan and the human-caused disaster in Libya, I’m humbled by the human cost of these disasters and saddened by the tragic turn taken by these two very different catastrophes.

While there is nothing that can be said to explain the Libyan tragedy, there is not much that could be done to avoid the disaster in Japan. And while all the efforts in Libya on the ground are focused on amplifying the tragedy as the rest of the world looks on, in Japan everything is being attempted to minimize the impact of the unavoidable disaster.

We have been talking a lot about the global village that we live in and the new technologies connecting people across cultures, beliefs, and skin colors. This global village seems to be a village only when the parade is going through; but when a disaster strikes, the vast majority of us run for the hills and watch from far away.

The point is not that people don’t care, because I genuinely believe that they do. But in the absence of an effective impartial international body that has human interest above all considerations and clear international laws that apply to everyone and can be enforced, it’s hard to assess how human we are in the first place.

And when it comes to natural disasters that cannot be prevented, in many cases the NGOs can’t do it all! They are doing a great job across the globe with the many volunteers and limited resources that they have available. However, in many cases they can’t even get access to the people in need due to the perpetually inhuman games of politics that have no other interest than self-service and power preservation.

At this time, to the people of Japan and the people of Libya I send my sympathy – and my apologies on my behalf and on behalf of humanity for not doing enough to relieve your pain.


Fadi Albatal

Fadi Albatal

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