Friday, September 02, 2005
Please allow me to be incredibly ignorant and ill-informed. I have not read every story and every account of the hurricane aftermath, but I have watched plenty. And frankly, I feel sick watching it, but, much like 9/11, I cannot stop watching the coverage. The feelings that are generated in my gut after watching this coverage is difficult to describe. I feel a large amount of sympathy for the victims, but that is always true when watching a tragedy in this world of ours. There is something more this time. Perhaps, because it is easily within driving distance of where I live today, not on the other side of the world. I am not positive why this feels different than things like the tsunami, but there is no doubt that it does.
Perhaps, while there is a huge amount of despair for the thousands who lost everything, it is mixed with a fair amount of anger. Anger at the knuckleheads who are strong-arming themselves around that city while so many suffer. They are thinking about looting clothing stores and television shops. Either these idiots are criminals who finally see the cat is away, so they, the mice can play, or normal people so driven by frustration that they are taking matters into their own hands. Either way, it is far from heroic. It is downright despicable. Of course, I type this from my comfortable house on dry land, so it is really easy for me to judge these looters, but I will risk angering the sympathizers of idiots.
Lest we forget, I am angry at gas stations and oil companies who are gouging their customers because they can. I suppose I should also remember the hotel people and the transportation people who are also doing it, but at least hotel gouging is common when there is an over-demand of rooms. But, the gas/oil business should really be proud of themselves. They mark up product that they already purchased at a far lesser rate, because they know they can. I understand that now oil will be far more expensive to get to the pump, so when the affects are fully realized, I have no problem with the prices going up. But that gas being sold in Lewisville, Texas, or Boise, Idaho, or Detroit, Michigan on Tuesday was in those tanks below their gas stations long before the hurricane hit land. This is just good old taking advantage of those around you. Despicable. But, I suppose it is tough not to fatten your wallets at the expense of people who have no choice but to still purchase your product. Surely, they are proud.
I am also angry at my government. Generally, I support the elected officials just based solely on principle. I am not cynical, nor am I someone who is looking for things to complain about when it comes to those who lead us. I have been accused of being a dope for always believing in those who run this great country. But, in this case, I must call them out. How in the name of all that is holy can you get aid and troops and support to the people of Sri Lanka and Thailand quicker than you seem to be able to get to Louisiana??? Again, I am allowing anger to type this more than factual research, and I admit I may be off base here, but I sure remember it was not long before our guys were on the scene making things better in freaking Asia. Now, people are dead in the streets of New Orleans, babies are starving, morons are shooting guns and raping and pillaging, and we are taking longer to get into the city and take back control than we did in Somalia! Look, guys, if unskilled dopes are holding that city with guns they just pulled out of a looted Wal-Mart, then I fear for the power of our armed forces against trained armies world-wide. Go in there and flex some US Army muscle and take that freaking city back! Send in the marines if need be.
My little brother is in the army. He served one tour in Iraq, and will be sent off to Egypt tomorrow morning on a training mission. I asked Dad today if he is being rerouted to New Orleans. He said no. Again, I am naive when it comes to how an army works, and how rescue relief works. But New Orleans and the other areas hit by this storm need help NOW.
They needed it yesterday.
I wish I could talk some sports with you this morning, but I wasn't very concerned about that.
Feel free to comment below, and correct me where I am wrong. I obviously am allowing emotion to fuel this more than logic.
Posted by Sturminator at 7:06 AM