|Jon, yes I do. Give me one reason to believe they would have behaved any different. New Orleans is almost as important to this nation as NYC economically so there is no reason the federal response would have been different. True Ray Nagin is no Gulanai but considering what happened it wouldn't have made a damn bit of difference anyway. With forewarning the WTC attack could have been adverted, the best any mayor could have done in New Orleans is tell the people to get the hell out of the city, which Nagin did I think using those exact words. |
As for evacuating, how the hell do you evacuate a major city with two days warning? I said this before but for those of you who don't live in a hurricane prone area let me explain. Yes we knew a hurricane was coming, there is always a goddamn hurricane coming. Let me get this through ya'lls thick skulls, until they're like only a hundred miles away you don't know where they're going to hit. I personally helped my parents board up out house, what like 13 years ago when Hurricane Andrew hit Louisiana. They said it was going to hit the Texas/Louisiana border almost exactly where I live. We evacuated to Shreveport and my dad was telling me stories of when Hurricane Audrey hit, he seen the bodies they were bringing up from the south. And yet we left too soon, Andrew hit southcentral Louisiana and we wasted a hundred mile trip up north and hotel for 7 people for three nights.
Now I've ridden out hurricanes as well, as long as you don't live in a trailer most people don't even evacuate at anything under a cat 3 and we don't even board up under a cat 2. Now this was a cat 5 or 4 rather when it hit and we delt with it. Wind/rain, we know how to deal with that shit, I doubt many people in NO died from that. We knew a hurricane was going to hit and we knew what comes with that. The only unexpected was the levee's breaking, period. We dealt with that what, once in the past 70 odd years?
Look at it this way, those sismographs start buzzing in San Francisco you gonna tell three million people to pack up and leave? No, cause you don't know whats going to happen. Look, anywhere you live shit can happen; the bedrock is a mile down where I live so we don't have earthquakes, we have hurricanes. Elsewhere it's floods, tornado's, terrorists, etc. And the worst the disaster the worst of our natures come out. The terrorists hit NYC, bam a few blocks gone and everyone went home. The tsunami hit Indonesia and the waters receded, people went to pick up what was left. In New Orleans, the entire city was flooded and the waters didn't recede. Troops didn't come in, bodies were left to rot, babies were starving; hell and ya'll expect people to act normally? Give me a break, the only point Michael has shown is that he ignorant of the situiation. I've been to Harlem and I had family who lived in the 3rd Ward of NO (the ghetto). One ain't poorer then the other. You see NYC on tv all you see is downtown, that ain't new york. You see New Orleans on tv, all you see is the French Quater, that ain't New Orleans.
Michael sees a people wallowing in the swamp, no ambition and ignorant to the environment around them. I see a people who have bravely turned an inhospitable backwater into one of the worlds great cities. They held back the greatest river on this continent to make a home for themselves and to develop the resources that this entire nation thirsts for. New Orleans was flooded before and it was rebuilt, it will be rebuilt again just as the World Trade Center will be. No it won’t be the same but who knows, it might be better this time. My point is for a while there, after 9/11, you believed in your fellow Americans to do the right thing, NYC was knocked down but there wasn’t any doubt they’d get back up again. Well now New Orleans was knocked on its butt but don’t ya’ll dare think for a moment they’re going to stay there and ya’ll pointing ya’lls fingers saying its your fault isn’t helping. Regardless thought, the people of Louisiana built a jewel in the middle of a swamp and believe you me, despite our flaws, we’re Americans and we’re not going to let it sink.