Haiti NOT like Katrina

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Yes, yesterday's post was total fluff...

Today - not so much...

I was over visiting my friend BARBARA of "Writing From The Inside Out - Again" and she had a post up written by a friend entitled "Katrina Deja Vu" which was equating the disaster and help efforts with what happened in new Orleans after Katrina.

The post talked about the food and supplies not getting to those who need it and pointed the finger at the US Military and our government.

It asked why reporters could get to these areas and our military could not.

Go on over and read it, I will wait.

I left my comment there and have a feeling I will get some backlash because of it.

I will share it here, so y'all can also come at me...or maybe agree...:

I ask the question...this is not our country.
The Haitian Government should be slapped for this
situation, not the US and the US Military.

It is not our country. We can not just take over to move supplies.

We bring it into the country, it is then the responsibility of
the HOST NATION to do what is correct.

If they are not, should we then have a coupe and take over Haiti?

Sorry, but I see this as a no win situation for the US
and any other country trying to help.

I pray that aid gets to the people who need it, but I am reluctant to
start blaming our President and Military...

Let the bashing of me begin.

What are your thoughts? Is it the responsibility of our government to go into another country and ignore the wishes of their government?

To not access the situation and put aid workers and soldiers at risk?

I am sorry, but there are security risks and to just go in and drop crates WILL cause riots and people will be killed. The argument is that people are dying anyway. So if we go in and drop relief, against the wishes of the Haitian government and the news reporters, who can get anywhere it seems, show pictures of children trampled by adults trying to get the food and water, will the US then not be blasted for doing so?

If our soldiers just go out without a plan and are attacked by people who are starving and they have to defend themselves, will the US then not be blasted for doing so?

We are damned if we do and damned if we don't it appears.

As far as this being Katrina Deja Vu...sorry, I do not buy that crap.

Katrina and New Orleans are in the USA. There is no other government which we must listen to. Hell there is more aid on the ground in Haiti then there was this many days after Katrina...

The infrastructure in New Orleans - even after the hurricane - is 200% better than the infrastructure in Haiti.

Katrina was the failure of FEMA...which had been dismantled by the Bush administration to make sure cronies had jobs.

I ranted on FEMA once which you can find HERE

FEMA was pretty unknown for the first 12 years of it's existence, though it responded to Love Canal and Three Mile Island.

Under Clinton, FEMA was elevated to Cabinet rank and was a well run machine with people in charge who knew how to handle disasters.

When it became a part of Homeland Security (a mistake) under Bush 2, it turned into an old boys clubs illustrat4d by the appointment of Michael Brown as it's director. Prior to FEMA, Brown was the Judges and Stewards Commissioner for the International Arabian Horse Association.

Most certainly a job with experience to run an agency such as FEMA.

Now we are asking military personnel with little training in rescue mission to deal with this disaster.

If we want to be a major player in assisting poorer countries when they are decimated by natural disasters, we should build an Emergency Response team that would be first feet on the ground.

This could be a part of the military, but trained in emergency response and not on waging battles.

I am not uncaring about the disaster which occurred. Yes, Haiti is a poor country with many problems even before this disaster...but are we to blame every time something goes wrong around the world and we try to help, but do not immediately solve all problems?

What are your thoughts?

8 Of Your Sparks

  1. ...I say to the people who think they could do a better job...go out and do it!...

  2. It is NOT our issue. It is NOT Katrina. Haiti was an ongoing disaster area before the earthquake. It is the 4th poorest nation in the world with the infrastructure and government (or lack there of) to prove it. Absolutely 100% NOT KATRINA AT ALL.

  3. Also calling it another Katrina totally lets the fucktard government that was in CHARGE at the time (Ya did a heck of a job, Georgie!!!) totally off the hook.


  4. Jay Says:
  5. That's basically just people bitching just to bitch. Most of the complaints are ridiculous as they seem to be claiming that people and equipment can just be beamed down there by Scotty.

    There was no infrastructure to build off of in the relief effort. They have one landing strip and one port. The port was basically destroyed in the quake. The US patched up the landing strip and the Navy set up a temporary air traffic control center working OFF A FREAKING FOLDING TABLE!

    The complaints are pretty much just America bashing by the media and by people who don't have a *bleeping* clue how impossible this undertaking is.

    Katrina was major American city that was allowed to simply drown while gov't officials sat on their sorry asses doing nothing for a week.

    In Haiti, the response began immediately, but there's only so much that can be done to get people and supplies there given their lack of infrastructure and lack of gov't control over their own country.

  6. -runs in...

    *HUGS JAY*

    -runs back out....

  7. Tug Says:
  8. Yeah, I have to agree, not the same at all. We're there to help, but they're calling the shots.

  9. Travis Cody Says:
  10. I thought I left a comment on this post, but I guess I didn't hit publish. Anyway, Jay and Starr echo my thoughts so I won't repeat what I said.

  11. Dana Says:
  12. I'd argue that they are COMPLETELY different, then throw in there that a big part of the responsibility for how things turned out during Katrina rest squarly on the shoulders of all of those who thought they new better and refused to evacuate to stir the pot just a bit more!


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