|where'd America go?|
where'd America go?
Sep. 2nd, 2005 @ 12:54 pm
I seem to recall a very different response to national tragedy a few years ago. Very little looting, no one shooting at people... wtf?
Lack of food, water and basic hygine weren't involved last time. I suspect that's the biggest difference.
Apparently there have been some requests to stick Guiliani down there to run things. Much as I think the man is a bit of a prick, he probably could get things running a bit more smoothly.
|Date:||September 2nd, 2005 09:02 pm (UTC)|| |
people were coming to help within minutes in new york
there was no major looting for the first three days in nawlins
I have an on-line buddy who used to live there. His house is now flooded. He and his family left early and went to Lafayette, about 175 miles west of New Orleans. He bought gas cans and filled them and his truck up. He said that on Wednesday, gas started to run out even this far from New Orleans. The area was full of refugees camping in their cars because there was no gas to be had. He had to defend his fuel supply (he was armed, they backed down) and fled the city immediately. He is safely far away from the danger now, but he has friends in the Coast Guard and claims things in N.O. are much worse than we are seeing on the news. With about 80,000 folks still in the city, and half the police force gone, and no cell towers or power, organized gangs are a huge problem. He said his friends report to him that the gangs don't want help and they don't want out. They want drugs, and they are going to hospitals and pharmacies to get them. Sometimes the police can stop them, sometimes they can't. This is third hand info, but it paints a picture of something much much much worse than what happened in New York.
Cynically? The WTC was about very, make that obscenely, wealthy white people attacked in an act of directed violence. Katrina? An act of God that affected mostly poor black people. In the latter, the social infrastructure of modern America -- especially Bush's America -- just doesn't give a damn. The picture I'm getting is that locally -- In NoLa and the state -- officials did things as they'd practiced to the extent of their resources. They got people out of the most dangerous immediate crisis and put them on track to feed into the next step in the safety net -- federal aid. There are numerous stories of people being transported from being trapped in and around their houses to areas like the convention center where local officials rationally expected them to get care. After 48 hours -- Wednesday afternoon in New Orleans -- when the National Guard and the rest of the expected federal response had failed to show up, a systems catastrophe was in the making, even IF the levees hadn't failed.
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