Friday, September 02, 2005

Bush angry at New Orleans, claims city is not 'hanging tough'

The above headline hasn't occurred yet, but it very well may soon. Hurricane Katrina is a disaster of almost unprecedented proportions, but if there is a glimmer of positivity to be gained from all this, it's that perhaps people will see the results of our single-minded attention to terrorism. I've always said that 9/11 was more of a disaster in people's heads (largely because of the way it was televisually available) than a disaster of real magnitude. For instance, in the summer of 2002, 3000 French people were killed by a heatwave, but that didn't revolutionize the way the world works like 9/11 did, even though it would be a lot easier and cheaper to ensure that old people have airconditioners throughout northern climes. But heat waves don't touch the imagination like towers collapsing do, so we restructured our whole government (and budget) around stopping another terrorist strike. Well, now perhaps people will realize that the world is far too complex to allow us to obsess about our own terrorism fetish. The scenes from New Orleans are clearly powerful images that will hopefully broaden America's mind(s) in regards to the MANY dangers that we have to be aware of. If you didn't follow the above link, you really should. It's shocking, but I'm SURE that New Orleans wasn't the only place to get shortchanged in the rush to create homeland security. How many other things are we vulnerable to that we aren't aware of yet? What's even more sad is that New Orleans is not that different of a situation than what we could expect from a massive terrorist assault (dirty bomb, etc.) and look how pathetic our government apparatus has been at saving people. It's been almost a whole damn week.


At 5:00 PM, Blogger romeotheBT said...

It truly surprises me of the myopia that Republicans suffer in regards to the Bush administration. It's almost like the more Democrats hate the man, the more Republicans will love him regardless of how incompetent he and his administration are... which of course leads to Democrats hating him even more...


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