The only good news in Hawaii is that the warning of a ballistic missile threat had been an error. Here is the media coverage of that 37 minutes of hell between the issuance of the warning and the notice that the threat had never existed.
Meanwhile, there is plenty of bad news.
That begins with the realization that residents were directed to go to a shelter and many called 911 to find out where the shelters were.
Why hadn't they been briefed about the location of shelters, and, more importantly, why hadn't they been comprehensively educated about the probable health consequences of various forms of attacks and what were the best practices for dealing with each.
Perhaps folks should have just remained where they were, to die in-place, not en-route to the illusion of safety.
Back in the closed-down Eisenhower Administration, we children went through drills of hiding under our desks in event of a nuclear attack.
That scared the dickens out of us, since we worried what would happen to our parents who weren't with us under the desks. After coming up from under our desks, we, at least those of us in Roman Catholic schools, were directed to say prayers for the conversion of Russian to Christianity.
Although government has a mandate to be transparent, in Hawaii that didn't seem to be the case.
The second set of bad news had been that, as Pope Francis warned, the winds of war are blowing everywhere.
Those winds obviously have headed toward American states. What was clear was that the powers that be in Hawaii were ready for a missile attack by a foreign entity. Scary.
The third set of bad news had been that maybe, just maybe, what the U.S. President is saying and how he is saying it, can trigger attack from another nation. Should we contact the men and women we sent to Washington D.C. to protect us and mandate a gag order on that President.
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