Let’s get something straight here. Predicting a disaster and praying for a disaster are two separate things. I anticipate the slaughter to continue in Iraq. As an atheist I do not pray, but I fervently hope for a peaceful election in Iraq. I just don’t think that will happen.
If you were to see a school bus, loaded with children, stuck at a rail crossing with a freight train bearing down on it at 60 miles an hour, would you yell, “Look out! That train is going to hit the bus!”? You might pray that the train would somehow stop in time, but you would still scream your warning.
Here comes the train.