"It is a pity that the worst case had to materialise before sufficient political awareness could be created."
Hmmmm, what other impending disasters do we face that are going to be dealt with through the same "ostrich politics"? A few spring to mind: Climate change- obviously, peak oil, plummeting natural capital and failing ecosystem services (eg. fish stocks, fresh water, forests), shifting population dynamics, etc. etc.
Time for a more proactive approach, anyone?