When the Boxing Day tsunami hit Southeast Asia late last year the whole world was shocked and visibly shaken. So many innocent people lost their lives. Fingers were pointed at the world community for not having an inexpensive early warning system. That kind of blame is good, because one will certainly be purchased now. Not one victim was warned about the impending doom that came that day. All victims were innocent.
I hate to be so insensitive with what I am about to say, but someone must say this.
“Many of Katrina’s victims had fair warning and have only themselves to blame for their own death.”
Please note that I said “some” and not “all”.
Many poor, mentally and physically challenged could not evacuate and therefore cannot be blamed. Nor can those that tried to get out and could not and of course, no child or elderly person carries any blame.
However, able-bodied adults are a different story. It was quite well known that a BIG storm was coming. Many stayed behind for ridiculous “macho” reasons, or to keep looters from stealing property or even worse, in order to loot themselves. Some even put their own children at risk for these idiotic reasons. It’s completely inexcusable.
I also blame the media for focusing so much on New Orleans. The areas that took the brunt of the damage may have had the idea that New Orleans was going to be ground zero. Fueled by sensationalism instead of science. The news media focused completely on the New Orleans “doomsday” scenario. Again, inexcusable and sickening.
I feel the media shares the blame for those who lost their lives in Mississippi.
However, for those in New Orleans who stayed, I can’t help but feel anger as well as sadness.
The media repeated the worst-case New Orleans scenario over and over and over again. Still, many capable, intelligent people refused to leave.
Well, they have themselves to blame and if they survived, but their children did not, they should be prosecuted. In fact, all survivors that stayed behind that did not do so for good reason should be prosecuted. These people take resources away from those who really need it and put rescue workers at risk. Why? Because, “I’ve been through this before?” or “I need to protect my home?”
Am I being harsh? Yes, I will admit it, but people need to wake up. Hurricanes are SERIOUS matters that require you to LEAVE the area when ordered.
All the early warning technology in the world is no match for human stupidity.
Robert Burke spends much of his time lovingly crafting thematic music playlists at the Rhapsody Radish.