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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Alexander Ali Khokhar
Despite signs posted around parks last week asking people to forego raucous parties this year out of respect for the nation's worst crisis since World War II, huge crowds of people have been gathering under ancient cherry trees to drink away their sorrows and anxieties with friends and co-workers.
"There's definitely a different vibe here now than when I left," Mr. Khokhar said. "People are becoming more active about doing things, instead of just passively waiting for something to happen."
"I feel more relieved to be here than when I was back home, watching the news all the time," said Alexander Ali Khokhar, who left for a friend's wedding in Canada a few days after the March 11 earthquake sparked the series of disasters.