New Orleans: Life and Death Crises Underway
Watching the news, I see hundreds of people outside the convention center and the Superdome in New Orleans - they have been pushed out of both places. There are tiny infants and elderly people and all kinds of other people--sick, tired, hot, dehydrated, hungry--without water and food and toilets for days now, according to eyewitness reporters on the scene. Some will die. Attorney General Gonzales is on tv now saying that security and law and order is a top priority.
Getting food, water and medical care to these people should be the top priority. Law and order should not be the top priority. Even getting them out of New Orleans is not as crucial as getting them food, water, medicine before they are moved.
HSA Chief Michael Chertoff was just on tv, again promising that massive food, water and supplies are on their way. But it's clear that the people outside the superdome haven't received them. There are buses waiting outside of New Orleans that are not moving in.
Counting on FEMA is problematic. Since Bush moved it into Homeland Security, critics say that disaster relief has gotten the short shrift compared to counter-terrorism related activities.
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