altarflame asked: Also, beyond the ghastly humanitarian stories here, NYC effects everyone in a way that the smaller latin and Haitian countries just don't - you were going to NYC in 8 days, so was one of my professors, and a priest at my former church is trapped in Israel because there are no flights back to the US that don't pass through NY (closed airports)...we're talking about the heart of the biggest economy in the world taking a $40-80 billion hit, too, and almost everyone knows someone who lives there.
I get that this really upsets you, and this is a huge disaster that affects a lot of people. I’m not denying that. But I also think it’s important to consider the massive, lasting impact on poorer countries where recovery is not as easy and the long term effects will be felt in in the form of much higher death, illness and overall permanent losses.
Also, I’m still going to NYC. I’m going to Syracuse which was largely bypassed.