That appeared to be entirely true to reasonable people. Take any time and place at random —
In Portugal in 1349 – the Black Death plus the Inquisition.
In Peru in 1594 – atrocities committed by Spanish invaders.
In Croatia in 1647 – reign of terror by Hungarian fanatics plus the rising Ottoman menace.
In Timbuktu in 1704 – flooding by the Niger river, earthquakes and marauding tribes.
In Siam in 1766 – drought and inflation.
In Brody, Galicia (Austria) in 1821 – invading Cossacks kill 67 Jews during a progrom.
In Ireland in 1846 – devastating famine, widely believed to be caused by the English.
In Prague in 1913 – astrologer predicts world war.
In Berlin in 1925 – the Germans elected a monarchist president of the republic.
In Yemen in 1979 – Christian minister arrested for reciting the Sermon of the Mount.
In Ottawa in 2012 – Rob Ford elected leader of the Liberal Party.
Still, while we live, we hope.