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Rescue versus law'n'order

Rescue versus law'n'order

While it’s exceedingly easy for me (an amateur, 6000+ miles away in front of an internet terminal) to point out some of the huge absurdities in what’s going on in New Orleans, I’m rather worried about the sudden emphasis to concentrate on law and order instead of rescue. In other words, instead of trying to rescue people and get them out of New Orleans, to patrol the streets and stop armed looters/desperate people from robbing stores.

Especially when, in the same day, someone was apparently asking journalists and policemen: “Can you help me? I need to save the lives of 60 women.” – and none of the police appeared to be listening.

Is this a case of screwed-up priorities or hard realities?

3 Comments

  • Skarlett

    I'm not sure 🙁
    With stories of children being violated while stuck at the Superdome, and nurses and drs being shot at while trying to save lives, its hard to determine where the limited resources should go.
    I'm so saddened by the examples of loss of humanity happening in New Orleans these past few days.

  • I have to agree: I am totally shocked by what's going on in New Orleans. And on the news today the reporter asked "How much is President Bush going to be shown during his visit to the city?" Er — how about it all?

  • As the manics have pointed out to us in "The Masses against the Classes" quoting Noam Chomsky, 'The country was founded on the principle that the primary role of government is to protect property from the majority'
    Not condoning it, of course. It is hurrendous.

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