Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Unbelievably Tragic

I have watched in horror for the past two days as New Orleans experiences a tragic and horrible death of a city.

I lived there for a long time, and even though I hated much of New Orleans, I also loved much of it.

Who knows at this point how many will die? Who knows how many are in an attic, with no escape and the water rising? The Superdome is becoming a mini disaster in the middle of a larger disaster. The property loss alone is staggering.

Maybe the best solution in the end will be to raze most of New Orleans except for the downtown. Allow limited residential building, but disperse most of the population. This same thing will happen again, maybe again this year, maybe next -- but it will happen.

Things will get worse tomorrow, and the day after, and at some point, hard decisions will have to be made. If this disaster is any example of the decision-making (and it is) of the people in NO, the rest of us will have to lead them into what is the unthinkable.

2 Comments:

Anonymous ThomH said...

Should also be reminder of our place in nature. Unfortunately, some wingnuts have already played the God card. This version of God, apparently, punishes innocent people en masse while doing billions of dollars worth of property damage. No wonder the same folks are strong supporters of "W".

9:55 PM, August 31, 2005  
Blogger John Stone said...

I haven't had enough to drink today to check out what the freeps are saying, but I bet I can guess. Both the planning and the Federal response have been disgraceful. The National Guard, who you depend on in situations like this, and their choppers are either tied up with Operation Fucking Disaster, or just plain worn out. Millions of dollars were diverted from the appropriations for the Levee Districts, to protect one city, to destroy another ... think Baghdad East.

3:57 PM, September 01, 2005  

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