The extent of the damage in New Orleans is overwhelming, and it’s totally unimaginable what the victims are going through. I find it unfathomable with the amount of money being pumped into Iraq every day that there can be 15,000-20,000 people stranded, homeless and running out of food and water. You can be sure that if there were 15,000-20,000 US Marines with no supplies, it wouldn’t take long to have the supplies refreshed. Bush has promised that relief is on the way and has passed a $10 billion dollar relief bill; but I think that with the urgency of the current situation, this relief should be expedited and shouldn’t take 5 days to pass through congress.
I’m in Florida right now, so I’m not far from a lot of people that have been affected by the hurricane. I spoke to a lady in my hotel from New Orleans and when I inquired if this was a planned or a forced vacation, she replied that it was forced. She and her family fled their home on Sunday evening and came to Florida. Her home is likely gone now; she heard that her area had over 8 feet of water in it. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have a couple suitcases full of belongings and just knowing that everything else is gone now. But the real people who are suffering are the people who weren’t as fortunate as this lady. These are the people who don’t have cars or a credit card to take them to Florida. These are the people that don’t have family or friends outside of their neighbourhood, and these are the people that are stuck inside a dirty sweaty dome or a convention centre.
More Americans in the area need to step up and unlock their deadbolts and welcome some of the victims into their homes to give them some good old-fashioned European-style hospitality.