Is this section there two main points in which I shall try to cover. The first will be on the response of time of US government with critiques coming from the global community. Second will be the people and their re-action to the conditions they are facing.
The local government and police department of New Orelans informed everyone to get there butt out of town before Katrina made land. Now that is a perfect decision for that situation. Get out!! Save your butt and live another day. But the problem is alot people stayed. The international community has been showing some different views towards us.
1. It’s God paying us back for crimes against humanity. That is the extremist view I read to day, God is punishing us right now.
2. WOW, evening in the riches community it still gets affect by natural disasters. But why should the US get aid? They are the richest country.
3. Yea, we will help out. I interepted Hugo Chavez’s statement that he will send crude oil if the US asks.
4. The increase and strength of storm’s is due to global warming and the US is the biggest contributor and they are reaping what they soue (sp).
Contestant number #1 stand up please. The US being pushed by the Gods for all the bad stuff we have done and you, the extremists, are getting helped out. These extremists kill innocent people in the name of God, sorry but I don’t think so. Next!
Number #2 what are you saying? The US is by far the richest country in world that is a given but no help? To me help isn’t about how much you give but the simple action of "offering" help. It means alot when someone, in this case a county, stands up says "you can count on us, we will help you". In past blogs I have posted that we give more aid and are expected to give aid to other countries when there are in trouble. Usually we are the first in and the last out. But when we hit like this the international community says "your rich, do it yourself." Totally astounds me in people’s reaction when we have a problem. Bush has said when we need help we will ask for it. We haven’t asked yet still no one has even said "we were on our way".
Hugo Chavez, number #3, says he will help if we ask. The US government and the Venezulian government isn’t on the greatest terms right now. I won’t cover that but go look it up. So a guy that hates us will help us out, that is a commendable gesture, I am NOT pro-Chavez, but did you know that we are the biggest buyer of Venezulian oil? So there is a political and economical motive for Chavez to say yes. But there is some of the help I was looking for but it doesnt quite hit the mark.
Number #4 has a half merit about it. Yes, the storm’s strength are coming from global warming and Yes, we are a major contributor of green house gases but it is fair to say we are getting what we deserve? It seems pretty harsh to me and makes me feel bad that people would kind of wish this upon us or on any for that matter.
Now, some of these positions overlap and to put the story together it needs another eliment. Our response was pretty good, I thought, but all of people didn’t leave and now the crime is gaining momentumn because they didn’t leave and the international community is saying we are doing a crappy job. How can that happen in the United States? It can happen anywhere I am afraid. It just doesn’t in the US very often, well not since the 60′s. Everyone is saying the government is no where to be found but it takes some time to mobilze and gear up to go in. Gotta give us grief just because it isnt flawless. Let see this size of hurricane hit in your country and see what happens. Every other country would be leveled and how many resources could they moblize to save their ass. Not as much as us so get off the back and let us handle it. I get tired of people bitching about what the US is not doing. We do more for any one else hands down. Billions poor out of country to help the needs of others around the world. So I guess that means, no one helps us when we are in trouble.
On to the Second major point, The rescue population and civil unrest. The people who decided to stay, for various reasons, are now the one requiring all the aid. I don’t mind the aid part at all. I think it is great that we take care of our own with all the resources we have. NGO’s & the government have jumped in to say were coming!! Volunteers are mobilizing and I have a friend that just signed up. I will publish an first hand interview about her experience and what drove her to sign up. These times do bring the best in people but it also has brought out the worst I’m sorry to say.
Civil Unrest has errupted and small time looting is esacalating into big crime and violence. People are now shooting at the military and helicopters, Shinook if I am correct, and cause a major disturbance in the region. All the police that were helping in the rescue effort have now all been redirected to stop the mobs. OMG people get a clue, you are just making the situation worse. It is a self defeating purpose to casue problems when the government is trying to bring aid and help in. These people are taking scarce resources away from the most important job right now, saving lives. Don’t make the problem worse in a time like this, for this I plead.
Needless to say the situation is not going to well down there. But in a few days there will be a different story to write about.
Toby’s prediction: The government will stabilization the situation and other groups will get medical help to people, food & water will be getting distributed, and don’t forget all the private enterprises have to rebuild so they can start making money.
These businesses are, gas companies, from crude oil extraction to pipline distributors, will want to be in production, electric companies, food, septic and on and on. They are wanting to do it ASAP so they can start making money again. I know it sounds self but just bear with me. This will result in commerce and the people coming back to the area. The whole are will start to rebuild itself and it will once again become one of the great cities of the United States.