Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Katrina

A few days ago I posted a blog about Katrina in a personal site. That was written in the wee hours of Thursday, Sept 1st, and finally 'blogged' at 154am on Sept 2nd. Today, I found eblogger. I want that to be my first post here. Not as additional Katrina piece, but as one which was written before many others blogs and/or editorials. One of which I'd like to share is the Miami Herald's, Saturday, Sept 3rd, editorial entitled Failure Compounded by Dual Disasters.

From my blog:

The advent of the internet has provided our culture with opportunities that no other invention in history has. One of them is the blog. The opportunity for the average citizen to post thoughts, comments and/or observations for others to read. And while I do not know if any stranger(s) will stop by to read my blog, I find it necessary to finally express myself by using this medium. After many motivating thoughts and ideas, the situation in New Orleans pushes me to do so.

My feelings oscilate between deep sadness and deep anger. With all due respect to the indonesian countries that were victims of the recent Tsunami, for God's sake, this is America; and while we do not control nature, there is no need for the calamity that has ensued. The only reason why the situation is this bad is because the government has completely failed in its mission statement: 'of the people, by the people, for the people'. Again.

FEMA's director Mike Brown starts two, live-prime time, TV interviews by saying its
"important for the American public to understand exactly how catastrophic this disaster is" as his answer to questions wondering the lack of desperate-needed help in the city. Mr. Brown, you are right, we citizens of the US have no idea of how catastrophic this is; that being, the failure of the federal government to respond immediately to prevent the compounding of the original disaster. Anyone who has ever heard of the possibility of a hurricane strike in New Orleans, has heard about the 'catastrophic' possibilities. Those possibilities we now see, and understand. Why is FEMA taking so long, and why is it that no until today an attempt was being made to close the gaps in the levees, we don't understand.

For those of you who might not remember, the re-organization of FEMA came after their major failure to react to the destruction caused by Hurricane Andrew in South Florida. A few days after that horrible day, August 24, 1992, the Miami Herald in bold letters decried "Where is the Calvary?" Thirteen years later, we ask the same thing. This country has not done anything to make it better. On the contrary, we have been able to make it worst. And in a modern society we look for the betterment of our family, our community, our country. We are much poor in that sense today. The fault lies on our government, the one that promises prosperity and safety. And arguably on the people that allow that government to work for their own private interest and not for those "of the people".

But here in the states we are divided in red and blue states. And any position we take immediately gets ignored by the person next to us because it might be mistaken for what might be our political views, and not necessarily our national problem. We are submerged so deep in the pot, that we do not know what's cooking anymore. So, allow me to share a friend's opionion, the conservative, London Times:
"..there will be searching questions about the preparedness and the response of US authorities that will not be easily answered. Why was one of America’s most densely populated areas left so vulnerable for so long to such a predictable disaster? Why was there not a better co-ordinated plan than simple exhortations to people to get out of town? Above all, why has the federal Government, with all the resources at its disposal, seemed so dilatory? New Orleans has had four days to descend steadily into desperation and lawlessness, and the Government seems to have let it do so."

This is one of the worst catastrophes ever. The events of 9/11 were much more out of our control than the aftermath of Katrina was. We were promised that the government will protect us from other disasters. It did the opposite.

Finally, if by any chance you are reading this, please visit the
American Red Cross website to make whatever little contribution you might be able to provide. And pass this information on. Next time, it could be you.

1 Comments:

Blogger Ken said...

Interesting blog you have here, I have added it to my list and will check in often!

Best Wishes,
Ken
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