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Thanks and hugs...

I want to give a big thank you and huge hugs to everyone who read my post from two days past and posted comments or your own the-world-is-a-shitty-place-and-people-are-assholes entry about Katrina and her aftermath. I realized on my way home from work last night that the way I was feeling pretty much the same as I did on 9/11/01. The world is coming to an end, $5 gas is going to shatter the economy, I can't believe that people could do such things to other people, catatonic shock at the devastation. I mean, I couldn't believe the Twin Towers were gone, even after I'd seen it for the 10th time, how am I supposed to belive that a city of a million-plus is just gone? How can I comprehend thousands of Americans dead from one natural disaster? The Boxing Day Tsunami killed hundreds of thousands, but I was pleasantly surprised by the way people just started helping each other. It's not so in Louisiana and Mississippi, at least not in New Orleans. But from these other disasters I learned that life will go on, and it's never really the end of the world. It won't be until I'm not around to think that. My heart goes out to those who've lost everything and everyone. I wish there were something I could do to help, but I'm pretty strapped after my trip. I think the best I can do is give Mal's words of advice to the survivors and the National Guard and the police and the rescue workers: "If someone tries to kill you, you try to kill them right back." Other than that, believe that the other 99.9% are good people in a bad situation and work together.


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Sep. 4th, 2005 05:49 am (UTC)
It's pretty frightening that when a catastrophe happens in Southeast Asia, people from all over the world pull together to begin to help and rebuild. When a catastrophe happens in the Southeast US, people begin shooting & raping each other. Pretty indicative, I'd say, of the most affluent & horrific nation in the world.
Sep. 4th, 2005 04:41 pm (UTC)
While I don't want to sound like I'm denying that some of the response is horrific, because it is, I'd just like to say that the response you site is not universal.

And it's much more common in the areas where the government made it damn clear it didn't care.

Sep. 4th, 2005 08:36 pm (UTC)
Hugs to you! I watched Tim Russert interview Michael Chertoff, the Secretary of Homeland Security, today on Meet the Press. I am appalled that the federal government is taking no blame in the aftermath. In fact Mr. Secretary said they had food, water, and other supplies ready to go down there right away, but couldn't figure out how to get them there. My response to my TV was to question their ability to follow a map and then ask where all the helicopters were. And then he had the audacity to blame the people who couldn't get out for not trying harder to leave in time.

So, I guess I'm not feeling helpless and shocked so much as incredibly outraged. (Flames. Flames on the side of my face. Flames. Heaving. Flames.) The aftermath of this hurricane contained situations that not one human being should have found themselves in and our government doesn't even have the decency to say "sorry. we screwed up."
Sep. 5th, 2005 07:44 am (UTC)
Rage... taking over...

No. Rage... REALLY taking over...

Yeah, I'm glad I'm not really an American. I'm really a Canadian. I've just decided.
Sep. 6th, 2005 01:26 pm (UTC)
I think I'll come with you.
Sep. 6th, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC)
I'm not leaving the country, I just want to change my citizenship. :(
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