Friday, December 30, 2005

The Disaster was Natural

The catastrophe was human-made:
The bodies of at least 588 people were recovered in neighborhoods that engineers say would have remained largely dry had the walls of the 17th Street and London Avenue canals not given way.
588 is more than half of all the Katrina deaths in Louisiana – 1,096 as of 12/28/05. A levee system built as advertised would have saved most if not all of those who died in the “would-have-remained-largely-dry” areas.

Let’s see. We built the ineffective levees. We built the MRGO/Katrina Storm Surge Funnel. We contributed to the significant loss of coastal wetlands over the past 40 years.

Remind you of Pogo, anyone?
We have met the enemy and he is us.
Those that we have elected have failed us. But as our representatives, they have failed us in our names. Ultimately, it is we who have failed to elect those who would act in our best interests. We are to blame.

I’m not big on guilt. No pity parties on da po’ blog. So what are we going to do about it?

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