I'm all for law and order but come on Governer :
Gov. Kathleen Blanco called the looters "hoodlums" and issued a warning to lawbreakers: Hundreds of National Guard troops hardened on the battlefield in Iraq have landed in New Orleans.
"They have M-16s and they're locked and loaded," she said. "These troops know how to shoot and kill, and they are more than willing to do so, and I expect they will."
(from the Guardian Unlimited)
I'm sorry.. I just woke up and was looking through the news and saw that qutoe. It's probably from her speach yesterday. This woman should be impeached and removed for gross incompetancy. First she does a poor job planning for the hurricane and then she starts threateneing people who have had no food, water or electricity for 4 days with deadly violence.
First off, the people in the convention center and the dome are cut off from reality at the present. They have no tv so they can't hear what's going on. There has been nobody of authority there since the beginning so they have no way to communicate their anger, rage or despair. They have decended into primal animals and I mean that not in a perjoritive sense. You and I would be acting the same way. Well, I wouldn't be, I'd be out there looting and robbing and trying to feed the people around me. Or I would be organizing the people in some way. But you take a group that was mostly poor and desperate to begin with and then make things worse for them, how much farther do you expect they can go?
I have no facts to back me up, but I would argue that a small part of the looting and crime is actually being done by bad people and carreer criminals. I would futher argue that most of the rage and the lashing out and the looting and the crime is being comitted by people who have been pushed over the edge. Moral behavior works fine when your basic needs are being met, but when you haven't eaten and you are sleeping in shit and you have no reassuranace that things are getting better, it all goes out the window. Face it, we humans are animals at heart.
Going in with an attitude that "crimials will be dealt with accordingly" is simply criminal in itself! I mean don't they see that moving in there with guns and troops is going to make things worse? Don't they see that escilating the violence factor is a bad thing? Where are the doctors and psychologists and advisors here?
Maybe as I read more and wake up some I'll see that things aren't as bad as they seem. But I seriously doubt it.