Katrina: As Opposed to the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 – plus Expectations
What a difference a century makes. We deal with looters, vagabonds, and the lazy significantly differently these days.
… authorized my me to KILL any and all persons engaged in Looting or in the Commission of Any Other
– see link for full scan of the proclamation. I do NOT see this as an ACLU issue, I see this as a shift in the thinking of what makes a civilization CONTINUE to work.
(h/t The Corner)
The Good Old Days, they were, um, you decide.
Meanwhile, CNN’s Anderson Cooper demands answers from the Louisiana Senator Landrieu, stating (Note: I could not get any of the referenced CNN video links to work),
Ã¢€œDoes the federal government bear responsibility for what is happening now? Should they apologize for what is happening now?Ã¢€
Apologies won’t help the people in peril. Action is what is needed. That was a very cheap shot by Anderson Cooper. But he next interrupted her usual thanking of all the folks who have promised aid to the afflicted areas, and bluntly stated,
Senator, I’m sorryÃ¢€¦ for the last four days, I have been seeing dead bodies here in the streets of Mississippi and to listen to politicians thanking each other and complimenting each other Ã¢€” I have to tell you, there are people here who are very upset and angry, and when they hear politicians thanking one another, it just, you know, it cuts them the wrong way right now, because there was a body on the streets of this town yesterday being eaten by rats because this woman has been laying in the street for 48 hours, and there is not enough facilities to get her up. Do you understand that anger?
This exchange may be a defining moment of this disaster for several reasons:
– A major anchorman lost his cool and spoke his thoughts, using images such as rats eating a body
– America sees that things are deteriorating in the Mississippi Delta and Gulf Coast
– Some of America sees that many expect a magic genie in the form of the Federal Government to appear and take care of problems immediately, even before the extent of the problem is known. (In several of the reports I’ve seen or read today, my immediate thought was why didn’t you do something rather than just complain about it).
I readily agree that this disaster is beyond the ability of Louisiana and Mississippi to cope with. But I believe the local state (and county and parish) authorities are better able to assess what is needed than folks in an office building in DC 1000 miles away. Each brings something to the table, local expertise, and experience with other significant events (for example, the FEMA funded Fairfax County VA rescue squad knows much more than any local group about getting people out of collapsed buildings). They work together while the crisis is still happening, rather than sitting back and finding fault. We have years to find fault, but we only have a limited time to respond to this disaster.