by alexp (1475 Posts), Sun Sep 04, 2005 00:54 am
I want to say first...no offense to anyone, and I understand there are a lot of people here who will not agree with me. And I'm going to try to avoid ranting too much, as I know this is not the place for it.
I should probably add that I'm talking specifically about the situation in NO and the surrounding area.
I AM totally upset and disgusted with the government...from La's govenor, (who apparently will need surgery to remove her head from her *** it's so far embedded) all the way to the man at the very very top. Speaking of Dubya, I'm glad he made it back from vacation in time to fix up everything that "wasn't exactly right". A disaster of this magnitude, whether or not he was officially involved in it, our president should have made a show of concern immediately. Not stayed on the ranch or at military ceremonies in San Diego or whereever the heck he was.
I have to say though, it was my impression that LA was crying out for federal help since Tuesday before the levees broke...and it was FEMA that dropped the ball. I could be wrong, and I'm trying to research it a bit better myself.
In addition, here's some more things I'm feeling disgusted, depressed, panicky about:
I feel like people everywhere in the US really pulled together over 9/11...but what I'm hearing about this disaster from some people I know (outside Louisiana and the surrounding area...and certainly not anyone here) is that "they are a bunch of animals" "it's all looters and criminals" "those people should have gotten out before the storm hit" and the charming "that's the price you pay for living in a place like that" (heard that one from my own mother, who does not live in La and has never been to NO to my knowledge). In addition, I'm surprised that overall it doesn't seem like it is that much of a big deal - it's getting plenty of coverage, but I mean - ****! - nothing like September 11.
I think that's because people really took 9/11 personally...someone was attacking us. But this is even worse. 9/11 showed us that we are not safe from terrorism. Hurricaine Katrina is showing that we are not only not safe from natural disasters but that the government - on state and federal levels - is unwilling or unable to help us in a time of need. I don't understand it.
Most of the people left behind in NO were desperately poor. Most probably would have loved to evacuate before the storm hit, but literally did not have the resources. I think there has been a significant socioeconomic (and racial) bias in the way all this has been handled. Did you hear about the 700 well dressed, if shaken up, guests of the hyatt hotel (across the street from the Dome) who were loaded onto buses in advance of over 5000 starving refugees? What's up with that?
As for the looting - NO was a beautiful international city...it was also a violent city with a lot of drugs and crime. The "bad guys" that were there in NO were very bad guys indeed, and they didn't all evacuate, either. So that's a lot of the looting and raping and killing right there.
And then there's the people in the dome and convention center going crazy. To those people who think they are acting like animals(and I'm not saying there's anyone here who thinks this way) I say, what do you think you might have done in that situation? You've lost everything you had...and it probably wasn't much to begin with. You haven't had food or water in days, your children are crying for food, there's rotting bodies and garbage and human waste all around you, there's violence and danger everywhere...and you're trapped in all this, and you don't know when it is going to end. I know I'd **** sure be stealing food and anything I thought I needed.
Half of the great state of Louisiana has been turned into an adult rated video game. The rest of the south is full of refugees as desperate as you'd see in a war. It's so unbelievably bad.