Totally agree, the extent of the devastation is yet to become clear, another huge tragedy for a country beset by poverty and other issues. I was heartened to see that yet again a charity I have been involved in fund raising for (which was set up initially by a Cornwall club of an international organisation I am a member of) by this morning had a team mobilised to assist. I post this link by way of raising awareness rather that a direct appeal and I hope in the circumstances the "golden mouse" will permit. click here
It was reported that on the actual day of the quake there was already looting, and it wasn't all that surprising if you consider the levels of poverty in some sections of Haiti, I suppose. Only serves to demonstate the conditions that already existed for some people out there.
'It's hard to imagine a country so broken that even an event like this isn't enough to stop the threat of violence'...I was merely pointing out that even when events occur in the UK, the police are called to protect the fire and ambulance service, so you should not really be surprised at 'help and assist' services needing protection. I'm sure that you understood this point and that it was not trying to say that life here is the same as there...just pointing out a little similarity but thanks for raising my status as a world traveller.