As Katrina was roaring ashore, my sister told me how captivated she was, how we build all these things and have all this technology, but are completely powerless to stop a force of nature. In 2005, our man-made power and resourcefulness is still no match when nature becomes a bully.
Today a lot of blogs are discussing whether there is blame to go around for the magnitude of the disaster, from a weak Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the lack of National Guard available due to the war in Iraq. A popular photo from yesterday shows George W. Bush playing a guitar in San Diego, captioned by many lefty blogs with words to the effect of “while New Orleans drowns, Nero fiddles.”
I’m not really interested in laying blame today. I don’t know what George W. Bush could really do from DC that he couldn’t do anywhere else — God knows we don’t need him rowing through Biloxi with a bunch of Secret Service agents to pluck someone off a rooftop. (Although I won’t be surprised if that’s a photo op that materializes in the next day or so.) And I’ll leave the global warming conversation for another day.
The most blame I can find today is with Mother Nature, and, as we’re going to need her for a while longer, I’ll keep my mouth shut. At least for now.
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