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.