Economics Outweighs Human Life in Christmas Tsunami

Of all the tragic stories that came out of the Christmas Tsunami crisis, the one that horrifies me the most is the news that countless lives might have been saved, had it not been for cynical decisionmaking at the highest levels in certain Asian government.
At the time the Thai experts reportedly concluded they would threaten the nation’s economic health by alerting the public, the tsunami was still more than an hour away from hitting Thailand’s coast. It appears that most of the fatalities there could have been averted had the victims merely been told to walk about a mile inland, which they could have done, leisurely, in 45 minutes or less."
Thanks to James for pointing out that the above story had moved. James managed to find the above quote and an even more damaging assessment of this story in Keith Olbermann's blog.