Originally Posted by rjs2005
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.
And I think you're right on that point, about there not really being much of a comparison between Haiti and Katrina simply for the sheer fact that they were both natural disasters in their own right, and no, the people in Haiti, did not have any warning. However, there have been many useless deaths in Haiti, also. IMO, if the world is going to commit the people, resources etc. to render assistance, and that aid is already ON THE GROUND, then why the heck did it take so long just to get basic food and water in? Doesn't matter, at that point, whether I agree or disagree with the effort, the fact is, if we're going to do it, then let's get it done and done right. Isn't that what everyone else has come to expect of the good 'ole USA, anyway?
Now, just as a side note, as to why more people in New Orleans didn't evacuate, well, the evacuation orders were handled there much the same way they were handled where I live with hurricane Lili, the evacuation order was issued, in both cases, between 11 -12 in the morning, the day before the storm! The mayor of New Orleans did not act in enough time to even think about HOW to get that many people out of harm's way, much less actually DOING it! Sorry, I personally cannot stand the mayor of NOLA, but that's just my .02.....Government = logistics failure. As chithead likes to say, and I find funny, carry on.....