Friday, September 02, 2005

The Good and Bad of Hurricane Katrina

Many politicians are already giving their spew regarding the rescue operations in New Orleans. As many of us are already aware, some thousands of people are still stranded. I've heard such remarks as, "Where's the government?" or "Bush isn't doing enough." or "We've been abandoned."

Nothing could be further from the truth.

If you've ever been in a situation where chaos is reigning, then you know darn well the chaos has to stop to allow aid to happen. You can't evacuate a hospital if lawless thugs with guns are looting or snipers are shooting you. You can't simply drive a van load of supplies in the city without being attacked.

Now with all this sadness and foolishness abound, there is hope. I see stories everyday of relief penetrating New Orleans. I see people being relocated, from the Gulf Coast, to cities such as Atlanta, Birmingham, and Houston. The military has brought in medical ships and personnel to help. Strangers are helping strangers. Donations are pouring in. Yes, I know there are logistics problems, but they will be solved. We must have hope.

A piece of advice to those spewing negativity. In the words of John McClane, in the movie, "Die Hard":
"You're a part of the problem, not the solution!"

Let's all be a part of the solution.

1 comment:

Misawa said...

Well said. I'm getting irritated with the constant backbiting myself. It's a lot easier to pontificate from high ground, in safe confines, only seeing what the media shows, and offer commentary and opinions on how the matter should be solved. I nearly ran off the road this morning listening to Q100's morning show as she spouted: "This is America, and we're letting our own kind down - completely inexcusable. I don't care what you have to do, just do it. Get them out of their."

Clearly, this is a lady that is taken over by emotion (as most of us are), and instead of offering a solution or attempting to be part of it, she chooses to be the little yappy toy dog nipping at everyone else's heals.