Hurricane Katrina: Two Observations
Not such a funny post today.
The mainstream media and blogosphere are covering the devastation of Hurricane Katrina all too well. Thus, I will not try to add to the frenzy here ... except for two points that I have not yet heard:
First, not to minimize the horror many are facing in Mississippi and Louisiana this week, but perhaps Katrina will give us Americans some perspective on the similar hell faced much more often in many other countries.
Sure, the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami--with around a quarter of a million deaths--got a great deal of attention from the entire world. But when was the last time you saw days of media saturation (sorry) about a typhoon hammering South China or the maelstroms slamming into Bangldesh on a regular basis?
Almost every year, thousands (or tens of thousands) die there, and millions more suffer, yet we barely even notice. Perhaps the pictures we are all seeing this week from our own country will grant us a window into the brutish life millions of others face nearly every year.
Second, we know about the difficulty in evacuating so many people from rooftops, especially in New Orleans, because of all of the disastrous flooding. They are looting, they are starving, they are starting to die of thirst ... but we cannot get enough helicopters in there to rescue them all.
We see them waving "Help Us" signs, and we hurt just thinking of what they are going through.
Wait a minute ... we are SEEING them, aren't we?
And how is that? It's footage from a news helicopter!
So why the hell are the news helicopters circling around and taking minutes-long video of these people, only to fly away to capture more footage instead of grabbing some of them?
Regardless of whether these poor souls should have--or could have--evacuated when they were warned to, may the Force be with them.