Is Armeged­don upon us?

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - by Nick Tabakoff

IS 2011 the year of Ar­maged­don? Now we have the fifth big­gest earth­quake in his­tory that trig­gered a killer tsunami that not only has hit Ja­pan, but much of Asia.

And yes, we haven’t even started to learn what the fi­nal death and ca­su­alty toll and the many bil­lions of dol­lars of dam­age could be.

Not even the bib­li­cal 10 plagues could match what’s been go­ing on in the world this year. It all started here in Aus­tralia with mas­sive killer floods in three states, bush­fires in Perth, earth­quakes in New Zealand, fur­ther killer floods in Brazil: the list goes on.

And that’s just the nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

Just think about some of the hu­man events.

Al­ready this year we’ve had the gov­ern­ments of Tu­nisia and Egypt overt h r o wn, a n d t h e f o u r - decade r ule of Colonel M u a m m a r G a d d a f i i n Libya on the brink.

Af­ter each ma­jor flood, earth­quake and revo­lu­tion, we have thought: ‘‘ This surely has to be it.’’

But the chal­lenges to or­der as we know it keep com­ing.

In­stead of head­ing to the pub yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, many of us in­stead gath­ered around the near­est TV or com­puter s creen t o watch the ex­tra­or­di­nary footage of huge ships be­ing t ossed around l i ke t oy boats in a bath­tub, and b r i d g e s c o l l a p s i ng l i ke chil­dren’s blocks.

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