I have decided that I, as well as most others, have been caught up in the constant cynical attitudes of the media and people using war and natural disasters as an excuse to propogate hate and regression, and I am going to try very hard to avoid being that way any longer.
There are some real hero stories coming out of the hurricane and flood areas in the Gulf of Mexico, and those are the stories we need to dwell on.
The blame lies firmly on the hurricane. The end.
People have made many bad choices, that is for sure. From the choice to live in an area that is so vulnerable, to the choice to not leave a devastated area for fear of losing what is already gone, people have made bad choices.
The choices that people make should not take away from the fact that when the chips are down, they deserve help. There has been offers of help from just about every nation in the world. While some are attempting to gain from their help, most are just extending a hand to other human beings and that is the way it should be.
There are local heros of all races in the hurricane affected areas right now. All races have been affected and no one is dying because of their race. People are however dying, and they all need for the rest of us to just shut the hell up and extend good will to them.
The flood waters are just now getting to a point of being controllable. People are already opening their damaged homes and businesses to those who are worse off.
The federal government is a huge agency that takes time to organize for a tragedy like this that is still basically being perpetuated by the flood waters. No one can still nature. Even with the initial confusion as to should have done what and when, there was still the water to contend with.
This is not a disaster that is quite the same as most disasters in that the impact did not hit and run quickly. As a matter of fact, New Orleans survived the hurricane fairly well. It was the flood from the levy's breaking and filling the bowls that serve as the base for New Orleans that caused most of the trouble. Bowls don't just drain very easily and that is what these people are now contending with.
The point is that this is a situation that continued to degrade over a much longer period of time then most natural disasters do and so was much more difficult to deal with.
The bizarre attitude of so many to blame others in order to propogate their social or political agendas is more of a disaster then the flood damage itself.
Lets dwell on saving those who remain and need saving, rebuilding this area better then it was and get rid of the added baggage of hate that we have been displaying during this time when we need most to come together.