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The Conflations Continue
I've been reading interesting commentary on the way in which Hurricane Katrina is being treated like a terrorist attack, even though it is a natural disaster. But that's not the only sort of conflation going on. Remember that quote from a few days back that compared New Orleans to Baghdad? Apparently, the higher-ups were listening:
Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco said the 300 troopers from the Arkansas National Guard had been authorised to open fire on "hoodlums" who terrorised the flooded city in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

The deployment came amid intense criticism of the Bush Administration for a tardy response to the disaster, which is feared to have killed thousands and left hundreds of thousands stranded and homeless.

"These troops are fresh back from Iraq, well trained, experienced, battle tested, and under my orders to restore order in the streets," Ms Blanco said.

"They have M-16s and they are locked and loaded.

"These troops know how to shoot and kill, and are more than willing to do so if necessary. And I expect they will."
I wonder what this sort of story will do to enhance our reputation as the World's Policeman. Why do I feel like Martin Sheen in a Saigon hotel room?
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chefxh From: chefxh Date: September 2nd, 2005 06:41 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I've been reading a lot of "we can get aid to other places, why can't we help our own?" over the last day or so. My mental response has been the same throughout: "Because we have no qualms about KILLING people in those other places to restore order."
arsemuffin From: arsemuffin Date: September 2nd, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Unbelievable. This situation is just making me sick to my stomach. These human beings that have lost everything are being treated worse than animals and all that BUSH can say is "please conserve petrol"? I suppose I really should not be suprised
gpratt From: gpratt Date: September 3rd, 2005 04:59 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)


I've been listening to the radio but have not heard too much about this approach. Our government has been in war mode too fucking long. It's all anyone knows.

"They have M-16s and they are locked and loaded.
Are you kidding me? What the hell kind of comment is that?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 3rd, 2005 05:11 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Eeww

The comment of someone who is sending her state to hell.
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