Thursday, September 01, 2005

Sad, sad, sad ..... and angry

posted by Rob at 7:12 PM

While so many "leaders" and "experts" are finding time to appear on television and give interviews, here's what is happening in New Orleans:

From TVNewser, a scene from CNN:
We saw dead bodies. People are dying at the convention center, and there's no one to come get them. We saw an older woman, someone's mother, someone's grandmother in a wheelchair, her dead body pushed up against the side of the convention center, with a blanket over it. Right on the ground next to her, another dead body, wrapped in a white sheet.

People are literally dying. Right in front of us as we were watching this, a man went into a seizure on the ground. It looked like he was dying. People tried to prop his head up. No one has medical training. No ambulance can come. There's nowhere to evacuate him to.

It is just heart breaking that these people have been sitting there, without food, without water, waiting for these buses to take them away. And they keep asking us, "When are the buses coming? When are the buses coming?"

And you just have to say, "I don't know. I really don't know."
Also on TVNewser, a scene from Fox News:
Shep Smith made me tear up today. His report from Interstate 10 outside of New Orleans, with a dead man lying on the pavement behind him, sent shivers up my spine. Here's what he said:

"This is the road refugees have taken for three days now, trying to make their way to the center of the city to the Superdome.

So many did not make it. This man is one of those. Someone has clothed him, covered him, put a blanket over his upper body, and let him dead in the city that died here with him."

Then there's this report from a blogger watching CNN:

...and did you see the FEMA chief on CNN, trying to respond to a live interview with some victim AT the Convention Center? The guy's going on and on about how there's rape and dead folks and they "don't got nuffin'" like food or water. He says the cops outside are useless and the fully-armed NG marches by without stopping. The FEMA guy blubbers that "five truckloads" of stuff is on the way and should be arriving "just anytime."

Further down, the blogger notes:

How do you send 88 police officers to the Convention Center to stop a mob from raping people and beating others only to have them beat back by the angry mob itself?

At some point, people in charge have got to come to their senses and realize that anarchy has reached the point beyond which order can be restored through

There even some anger over in The Corner:

I spoke to soon! They are turning them away again. After the fiasco last night with the first "unofficial bus" that showed up, they had reversed the policy. However, there are so many people that were already here in Houston who have run out of money for hotels, they are all heading to the astrodome. They have to send them somewhere else because their just won't be enough room left for the superdome folks. Some people are saying there might already be 100,000 people from louisianna in houston.

And yes, whether it is fair or not, this is gonna bite Bush in the ass (emphasis mine):
An old man in a chaise longue lay dead in a grassy median as hungry babies wailed around him. Around the corner, an elderly woman lay dead in her wheelchair, covered with a blanket, and another body lay beside her wrapped in a sheet.

"I don't treat my dog like that," 47-year-old Daniel Edwards said as he pointed at the woman in the wheelchair. "I buried my dog." He added: "You can do everything for other countries but you can't do nothing for your own people. You can go overseas with the military but you can't get them down here."

I pray life improves. But the more I read about what is happening - babies dying in the streets, armed gangs looting hospitals full of patients, no fresh water - and what is expected to happen - the onset of disease, possible anarchy, desperate violence - the less optimistic or proud I am of this coutry's "leaders."

Puts a whole new perspective on the work of Guiliani.


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