I intended to resume “full-time” blogging on Wednesday, after a brief two-week hiatus. But I’m going to extend that self-imposed moratorium until after the weekend. If I were in West China, and in a position to contribute something meaningful to the reporting of the earthquake’s aftermath, I would feel differently. But I’m not, and thus the only contribution that I can make is commentary – and I really believe that most blog commentary (and recriminations) on this disaster can and should wait. There will be plenty of time and space for all of that when there’s no longer hope that survivors might be rescued. Likewise, I really don’t feel it’s appropriate (for me, at least) to be blogging about other China-related topics at the moment.
In the meantime, here’s wishing wisdom, class, and judgment to the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games [BOCOG], the International Olympic Committee (especially), and the Olympic torch relay sponsors, during this unprecedented period of national tragedy and mourning.
Visit Shanghaiist for a list of ways to contribute to the relief effort.