Friday, September 02, 2005

here's what they think about you

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.

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.

"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."

okay, that's a cheap shot. we didn't talk crap on you when were in need.


Tom said...

Way to go media. Lets show the few hundreds savages roaming the streets and not the thousands of heros that really respresent America.

Adam said...

I don't agree with that take. The media is showing us what we need to see. If all anyone saw when they flipped on the news was Red Cross, and people giving blood, and search-and-rescue dogs flying in from wherever, then nobody would know what the problem truly was.

I for one am as shocked as any at the behavior of the people down there, but I will not turn a blind eye to it and glaze it over with what good news will always happen in a disaster.

How many times in history have humans glazed over bad things by focusing on the good things? Same thing here. "What, a man shot his own sister in the head for a bag of ice? Well, look at the one lady from Fresno who has dropped everything to go help! Hooray!" We all knew/know that the lady from Fresno was going. We did not know that people were behaving so savagely in our so-called civilized nation.

There is a deeper issue here than not being prepared and/or problems with chain of command.

Tom said...

I'm not saying we don't need to see the truth. I just think the media tends to focus constantly on the negative. I think it is appaling and we need to be shown the horror, but please balance it with the stories of humanity rising above this. For every looter there are 100 people sacrificing and giving for others. By focusing soly on the positive we are not seeing the truth of what is going on, and by focusing on only the negative we are not seeing the truth. I guess I want the world to know the truth of what is going on. Mr. Sajeewa Chinthaka from Sri Lanka seems to think that New Orleans is full of savages. There are savages yes, but the most of the people are good people. I think the people of New Orleans would take offense at comments of those who don't know the whole truth. The fact of the matter is there are tons of amazing things happening by normal people. In Florida there will be refugees from this. People are giving up homes they own and there are Bible camps opening up to refugees. Two semi's are leaving in a few days that our little town will fill with supplies. It hits very close to home for many people here and they are responding in amazing ways.

edluv said...

i agree with you both. i think we are rightly fully seeing a little more of the negative because the situation is so bad there. it may take such desparation and cries of the people for the feds (and God) to intervene in a different way.

although as i write this i know that some relief has finally arrived from the feds. but why'd take so long?