I'm trying desperately to keep abreast of what's happening down South since the hurricane ripped to shreds one of the coolest places on the planet. I'm shocked not only that the devestation was so massive, but also that the aid to the area is so slow and unorganized. Even many members of the media down there covering the news seem to be outwardly upset
about the way people are being treated.
However, I was more drawn to a Livejournal blog by a hurricane survivor
deep in the thick of things, who has been blogging comments from both survivors and the police about the situation. And it's completely horrifying.
Reports of the National Guard literally dropping supplies off a bridge to the stranded masses -- sometimes destroying the supplies themselves in the process out of fear of what the mob will do if they get too close.
Not to mention snipers shooting at helicopers and the hospitals using them to evacuate. It's like some bizarre real-life zombie film except they're all alive and pissed off about the lack of supplies and information.
Here's a passionate plea straight from the NOLA survivors blog -- interdictor
:In case anyone in national security is reading this, get the word to President Bush that we need the military in here NOW. The Active Duty Armed Forces. Mr. President, we are losing this city. I don't care what you're hearing on the news. The city is being lost. It is the law of the jungle down here. The command and control structure here is barely functioning. I'm not sure it's anyone's fault -- I'm not sure it could be any other way at this point. We need the kind of logistical support and infrastructure only the Active Duty military can provide. The hospitals are in dire straights. The police barely have any capabilities at this point. The National Guard is doing their best, but the situation is not being contained. I'm here to help in anyway I can, but my capabilities are limited and dropping. Please get the military here to maintain order before this city is lost.
Last report was that what's left of the city is in flames.