Yes, they’re mass murder. Even the Aussie PM says so. 171 people are confirmed dead already but they expect more bodies to be found. The area affected in the state of Victoria, north of Melbourne, is dry as a bone and the fires were deliberately set, then heavily fueled by winds (also deliberate, although I doubt any paper will state that). People are dying in their own homes as are domesticated and wild animals such as koalas and kangaroos. Queen Elizabeth has even given her condolences (or is that congratulations?) on the situation, so I guess she’s paying attention.
[Yahoo news : Australian wildfires/url:s4ohj1x6
[Australian bushfire toll rises to 171/url:s4ohj1x6
[LA Times : More than 200 feared dead in Australia wildfires/url:s4ohj1x6
From the LA Times article :
“Most of the fires are in inaccessible terrain. They’re likely to keep burning for some time,” said fire specialist Sullivan. “All it takes [for it to get worse] is another week or so and we come back to the same heat wave conditions.”
Temperatures have cooled significantly since the weekend and reached a high of just 73 degrees Tuesday, but a new heat wave is expected to roll over southern Australia’s fire zones by the end of the week.
“What they need is rain, and that’s not forecast,” Sullivan said.
Does this place not sound like it’s dire need of gifting or further gifting? If it doesn’t, I don’t know what does. This is much worse than the fires that were plaguing California. Something is very wrong here.