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Posted on September 11th, 2005

I don’t know why I didn’t write about this earlier, but I feel that I need to say something about this New Orleans business.

Yes, it was tragic. Yes, there are a lot of casualties. Yes, it’s going to take a lot of resources and time before life approaches any semblance of normality again.

But something is really irking me about all of this. It’s not like the hurricaine showed up out of nowhere; people knew it was coming and, yet, not a whole lot seemed to have been done in advance of its arrival. Some people (like Kanye West) blame the Bush administration for some degree of racism. Others (like me) blame the Bush administration for utter incompetence.

So now we watch the aftermath of a government failing to protect its people. The stories are flooding the airwaves (pun intended), and everyone is obsessed with the rescue efforts. Heck, there was even that concert with a huge list of celebrities last week to raise money for the cause.

Admirable as it is, I can’t help but question it; is America not one of the richest nations in the world? (The answer is an obvious “yes.”) So why is it begging other people for help? Oh, right. It’s too busy warmongering in countries around the world. With an annual budget of some $400 billion US on its military, there’s not a whole lot of speculation about where it can find money. Idiot Americans, I swear.

And where’s all of the attention for other places in the world where much worse things are happening? Let’s not forget about all of the people living in hunger, or the kids being exploited, or the women getting beaten. Ugh. I am utterly disgusted by America and her selfishness.

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