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Old 01-22-2010, 12:04 PM
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I have a difficult time with comparisons between Katrina and Haiti. I've been through New Orleans many times, and the one thing that always struck me about that place is this: so many people did not have to die here. They could have evacuated, and yet they did not. Why? It's not as if the city hasn't known for decades, if not centuries, that a strong hurricane would effectively flood the city. The residents of NO had ample warning, they knew the storm was coming. No doubt the relief effort there was flubbed on an epic scale, but I still go back to the basic premise that so many did not have to die.

Haiti is a different story altogether. There are no warnings, or very, very little warning relative to Katrina, in an earthquake. It just happens. Yes, the infrastructure could be better, construction standards could be better, but the earthquake just happened. The aftershocks just happened. There really is no comparison, other than a massive natural disaster happened, and human beings need our help.
I'm damn proud of what I've seen happen here in SFLA. There was just a story on the news about a group that posted a Facebook article exhorting folks to bring supplies to South Beach and put them on a truck. They had a 26' cargo truck parked. To date, they have sent 19 plane loads of relief supplies to Haiti! No government assistance, just folks from SFLA trying to do their part to help fellow humans. That's what it's all about in my opinion.
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