Monday, September 05, 2005

De Facto Execution of American Citizens

Perhaps Mr. Broussard is right. I was commenting over at Moxie Grrrl, and as it sometimes happens, I got to thinking my comment would make a good post. Here it is:

You know, I saw the Chertoff deflection a number of times - "there will be plenty of time for an after action analysis...blah, blah, blah." The trouble is, while Rove et al. are very good and smudging generally upstanding citizens with outright fabrications, I don't think they will be able to handle the sheer volume of critics that will be forthcoming when the real tally of dead bodies start adding up. Let's think about this a bit.

First, there are the hard number of folks we know were killed immediately by Katrina. That number was maybe on the order of hundreds or so.

Then, there are the post storm deaths due to lack of response (via starvation, dehydration, lack of meds etc...)that will hang over the heads of those "officials" who basically fell down on the job or were too busy recreating, making political statements, or entertaining friends rather than drop everything and come to the aid of some very poor folks. That number will trump the other number and word out of NOLA is that it will be on the order of thousands, not hundreds.

Where the W, Rove and Co will try to dance around is that bigger number. They are going to try and place blame, very much in a political way, on those other than themselves or on the force of nature.

The truth of the matter is this: We knew Katrina was coming. Preparations could have been made at a variety of levels. The plan, if there was one, was poorly executed and instead, some genuinely innocent AMERICANS were effectively, de facto executed - which is why the video Moxie points out in earlier posts of Mr. Broussard (sp?) is ever so powerful. This shit will stick, hard and fast to this Administration no matter how much political thrashing and wiggling about they try - mainly, because there is not one iota of wiggle room left for these leaches.

On another angle, I'm wondering - are the post-Katrina deaths the moral equivalent of "friendly fire" tragedies that hit our troops in some forgotten desert? Maybe so.

There is no way that the W, Rove and Co can smudge a man (or woman, or grandmother, or other survivor who calls a spade a spade) who took it upon himself to rebuild the levee the ACoE were not able to reinforce before the hit. And if they do, and I would like to see them try, we will be ready to call their bluffs.

Incidentally, let's all not get distracted about the Plame situation. We await some answers in that matter as well.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Blame is not a scarce resource, there's always plenty of blame to go around

Here are some clips from a WPo blog

Have any of you actually been to New Orleans? Not the French Quarter, not even just the Garden District. Just even two blocks off St. Charles in the Garden District it is a very poor city. All over. Most cities have pockets of poor depressed areas; New Orleans has pockets of nice areas.

It might be a wonderful place to visit for a few days of partying in the French Quarer, but it is a miserable place to live. Poor people there are already much worse off than poor people in most cities. The economy in N.O. is horrible; city services are minimal.

I heard on NPR yesterday some of the evacuees that have landed in Houston calling their new city "the land of milk and honey" and talking about staying there instead of ever trying to return to N.O. They just can't believe a place can be so nice.

I don't know what my point is vis-a-vis today's post, but I just wanted to get that out there.

Posted by: Visitor | Sep 4, 2005 1:52:32 PM

It's repugnant how pundits played the race card so quickly on this tragedy, how am ignorant, opportunistic black rapper tried to push more CDs by saying "the President doesn't care about black people." Blacks only bring disrespect upon themselves by screaming racism at every turn. Yes, these poor souls left behind in NO were victims. But, it ain't my fault they are poor. What were we supposed to do, issue them cars so they could have a chance to leave? I'd say alot of them were plain ignorant about the consequences. If your life is at risk is money going to prevent you from fleeing? And maybe CNN mostly shows blacks looting because its mainly blacks who are looting. Like the post above implied what part of the phrase "mandatory evacuation" don't you understand? So what are we supposed to do, send SWAT teams into homes and pry you out of the house one by one? Do you understand how impractical that is in a 24 hour emergency? And now you have the nerve to play the race card and whine about institutional racism? Most of them thought they could ride out the storm. Bad bet and not the first time people have lost their lives due to poor judgement. Like I'm supposed to feel guilty about this? Take responibility for the consequences of your actions.

Posted by: stick | Sep 4, 2005 1:58:42 PM

Isn't the mayor of NO an AA ? Was he racist ? Maybe he is incompetent. "They had no way to leave the city", but the mayor was able to leave a thousand school buses in a field to be destroyed by the storm. Typical political planning.

Posted by: ps | Sep 4, 2005 2:08:27 PM