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Was it deliberate malevolence or just criminal incompetence?

i began this blog a while ago, hoping to find something constructive to do with the anger, frustration and sense of helplessness i felt during and after katrina. i had some ideas and thoughts that i wanted to write out in long form, but due to events in my life i laid it all down for a while. i've been wanting to begin again but with the torrent of criminal behavior from this administration and its allies it's been difficult to decide where exactly to begin. then i saw a clip of historian doug brinkley on msnbc's scarborough country talking about bush's failure in leadership in leaving the gulf coast essentially a wasteland. people are expressing surprise at this apparent failure instead of realizing that failure is the man's middle name (the w is silent). the title of this entry comes from a chris floydpost about the federal declaration of emergency in louisiana prior to the hurricane and how it failed to cover the coastal counties (illustrated here). the …

katrina

While some details of what came after the federal state of emergency can be disputed, the massive flooding as the result of oft predicted broken levees cannot be. Thousands drowned, many inch by inch over days spent trapped, finally giving into fatigue and the lack of upward mobility. Thousands were trapped in the convention center and the Superdome without food and water or working bathrooms. People died in the streets for lack of medication and proper care. I could go on, but what I realize is that I can only write about this in the most distant way. I can’t do justice to the horror of this situation, to the absolute depth of this sickening feeling of watching this disaster unfold over days, with seemingly no help coming; all the while being told to send money, I thought we should have sent people, buses, planes. It was like having to watch people trapped in the towers on 9/11 again, knowing that people are dying, minute by minute, but having those few hours stretched out over sever…

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