For those Christians disinclined to buy into the pact-with-the-Devil explanation, In All Things has a moving post about how to come to terms with Haiti by Msgr. Lorenzo Abacete. His Pauline tack–the “co-suffering” God–isn’t so helpful for non-Christians, but then he recognizes that.
In God: A Biography, Jack Miles points out that after the Book of Job, the rest of the Hebrew Bible (as opposed to the Old Testament) records no more direct discourse from the God of Israel. He speaks out of the whirlwind, wrests repentance from Job, and berates the three friends for telling him that he has merited his suffering. The book has kept Judeo-Christians pondering “why” for a long time. Maybe Pat Robertson should re-read it.