Many people are quick to credit Nature with birth but G^d with death.
When an earthquake in China killed scores of schoolchildren, many questioned G^d’s Goodness, and few blamed it on callousness of architects and builders who for sheer profit had violated safety norms for school buildings or on China’s lack of democracy which always results on protection of the powerful who get away with anything they would end up in jail for in democracies.
Experts claim that the many small tremors from the last weeks must foretell us that the Big One is coming. I say the opposite: the small shudders release the tension and postpone having the one that seems to ravage destruction in the Holy Land once every century or so. These quavers also are beneficial in that they have finally put the danger on the public’s agenda.
It’s clear how to prevent injury from earthquakes: strengthen inferior buildings – a known “first priority” that’s not been taken. How to make sure it will be?
Know that everyone in Israel is overworked and everyone is very good at complaining. Listening to every complainant is impossible. So what gets priority? 1. Situations of people who must be helped and who are not just kvetching. 2. Situations where not helping could be blamed on you.
And that is the solution. Make a law to make liable to punishment anyone who constructed or maintained buildings that hurt or killed anyone through an earthquake.
People got killed by your building – face manslaughter charges.
People got wounded by your building – face charges for damages.
This is a simple way to make architects, builders and house and school owners go strengthen their flimsy constructions.
Tell parliamentarians, ministers and civil servants who don’t bring such a law on the books quickly enough, too can be charged with the casualties.
That should help.