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Friday, September 02, 2005

From the European Press

World stunned as US struggles with Katrina By Andrew Gray
1 hour, 50 minutes ago



LONDON (Reuters) - The world has watched amazed as the planet's only superpower struggles with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, with some saying the chaos has exposed flaws and deep divisions in American society.

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World leaders and ordinary citizens have expressed sympathy with the people of the southern United States whose lives were devastated by the hurricane and the flooding that followed.

But many have also been shocked by the images of disorder beamed around the world -- looters roaming the debris-strewn streets and thousands of people gathered in New Orleans waiting for the authorities to provide food, water and other aid.

"Anarchy in the USA" declared Britain's best-selling newspaper The Sun.

"Apocalypse Now" headlined Germany's Handelsblatt daily.

The pictures of the catastrophe -- which has killed hundreds and possibly thousands -- have evoked memories of crises in the world's poorest nations such as last year's tsunami in Asia, which left more than 230,000 people dead or missing.

But some view the response to those disasters more favorably than the lawless aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

"I am absolutely disgusted. After the tsunami our people, even the ones who lost everything, wanted to help the others who were suffering," said Sajeewa Chinthaka, 36, as he watched a cricket match in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

"Not a single tourist caught in the tsunami was mugged. Now with all this happening in the U.S. we can easily see where the civilized part of the world's population is."

SINKING INTO ANARCHY

Many newspapers highlighted criticism of local and state authorities and of President Bush. Some compared the sputtering relief effort with the massive amounts of money and resources poured into the war in Iraq.

"A modern metropolis sinking in water and into anarchy -- it is a really cruel spectacle for a champion of security like Bush," France's left-leaning Liberation newspaper said.

"(Al Qaeda leader Osama) bin Laden, nice and dry in his hideaway, must be killing himself laughing."

A female employee at a multinational firm in South Korea said it may have been no accident the U.S. was hit.

"Maybe it was punishment for what it did to Iraq, which has a man-made disaster, not a natural disaster," said the woman, who did not want to be named as she has an American manager.

"A lot of the people I work with think this way."

4 Comments:

Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

Absolutely.

It makes one wonder how the richest, most technologically advanced country in the world, can be so inept in these situations. Do you really think we are prepared for a terrorist attack here in the US?

11:48 AM  
Blogger MisFitToy said...

A spirit of confusion reigns in the Southern part of the US where the witchcraft of New Orleans and the south wars against the souls of man. Satan is alive and well and wishes to destroy as many lives in this situation as possible.
I believe the destruction is a direct result of the pressure our government has (republican and democratic presidents and parties)forced upon Israel to evacuate it's people and uproot their dead and destroy their buildings in Gaza. Now, we are seeing our dead uprooted from the shallow graves, the poor and affluent alike evacuated from their homes and livelihooods, and soon the buldings will be demolished that are condemned due to the flood and winds that came as a judgement from the God of Israel.
As a republican, it grieves me to see the lack of organization for such a disaster recovery. Some of those who work for me were searching for family for the last week and thankfully have found them alive and well. There will be an accounting of those who should have done more sooner, but I believe that good will come out of all of this and the economy will rebound and that a spiritual revival will be birthed in this area along the south and eastern coasts of the country.
Let's send our prayers and positive thoughts to those in these areas along with our generous provisions. We have an opportunity to rise up as Americans and show good will to our own for a change.

9:53 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

barbara: Yes. We are prepared for a terrorist attack. This disaster is not a result of ineptitude, but poor planning on behalf of the people living in New Orleans. When a hurricane comes to the East Coast or areas that regularly get hit hard, people pack up and leave quickly, sometimes days in advance. Why were so many people still in New Orleans in the face of a Category 5 hurricane? Simple disbelief in the reality of disaster.

Misfit: I dont think this hurricane was the "wrath of God". It was a hurricane, that came during "hurricane season", and people simply refused to believe that this would happen. Unfortunately, all the experts knew for a very long time that this is exactly what would happen should a powerful enough storm come along.

If it was the wrath of God, no one would have escaped, or do you think God is inept in his ability to smite?

12:43 PM  
Blogger callieischatty said...

This is very upsetting in any case.

1:20 PM  

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