"Strange things have happened, like never before.."
-- World Gone Wrong, trad., arr by Bob Dylan
A roundup of stories and commentary on the Delta disaster:
Smoking guns don't come much smokier than this:
Budget Cuts Delayed New Orleans Flood Control Work (Reuters)
White Folk Gone Wild!
Aussies Loot to Survive (Sydney Morning Herald)
they're just animals, these people. What would Jonah Goldberg and
Michelle Malkin and Peggy Noonan say? These thugs should be shot on
(Excerpt): Trapped Australian tourists describe
hurricane-raved New Orleans as a war zone, with them and everyone else
driven to looting just to survive. They told Channel Seven News the
streets were lawless with dead bodies everywhere. Mr Jones said
survivors were terrified of the violence."It's a battle zone. There's
shooting, dead bodies in the street," he said, adding that he and his
wife were forced to steal to survive."We're looters like everyone
else," he said…
Left Behind I
Local Officials Criticize Federal Government Over Response (NYT)
Meanwhile, the situation in New Orleans continued to deteriorate. Angry
crowds chanted cries for help, and some among them rushed chaotically
at helicopters bringing in food. Although Mr. Nagin speculated that
thousands might have died, officials said they still did not have a
clear idea of the precise toll.
just a bunch of rats," said Earle Young, 31, a cook who stood waiting
in a throng of perhaps 10,000 outside the Superdome, waiting in the
blazing sun for buses to take them away from the city. "That's how
they've been treating us."
Chaos and gunfire hampered efforts to evacuate the Superdome, and,
Superintendent P. Edward Compass III of the New Orleans Police
Department said, armed thugs have taken control of the secondary
makeshift shelter at the convention center. Superintendent Compass said
that the thugs repelled eight squads of 11 officers each he had sent to
secure the place and that rapes and assaults were occurring unimpeded
in the neighboring streets as criminals "preyed upon" passers-by,
including stranded tourists. Mr. Compass said the federal government
had taken too long to send in the thousands of troops - as well as the
supplies, fuel, vehicles, water and food - needed to stabilize his now
"very, very tenuous" city.
Col. Terry Ebbert, director of homeland security for New Orleans,
concurred and he was particularly pungent in his criticism. Asserting
that the whole recovery operation had been "carried on the backs of the
little guys for four goddamn days," he said "the rest of the goddamn
nation can't get us any resources for security."