Thursday, September 01, 2005
New Orleans Horror
What is there to say about New Orleans other than to express horror and shock at what is going on there now? The poor people who have been trapped, many of them in the Super Dome and the Civic Center where they were told to go; now there for three days with little or no food and water, did nothing to deserve this. The apparent lack of planning or coordination by the Department of Homeland Security is scarey. I heard the mayor of New Orleans angrily say yesterday that there are too many cooks in the kitchen. He had given orders for helicopters to drop sandbags in the breaches in the levies, but the helicopters were diverted to other things. This was a natural disaster that had been predicted generally for years and specifically for days before it happened. How will the Bush Administration cope with another terrorist attack, which will likely come with little warning? The reallocation of resources by the Bush Administration from FEMA, the federal agency dealing with emergencies to pay for its tax cuts and Iraq adventure is scandalous. I doubt that there is any politician with enough guts to say that New Orleans should not be rebuilt, but should revert to the swamp and low lands that nature intended for that area, but that is what should happen, in my opinion.