(Original post by Invisible&Proud)
Has the plight of New Orleans made anyone else think seriously about just how thin the line is between social order and chaos? Quite worrying really
It's depressing, although not surprising, to see all the looting going on. What good martial law is going to do I do not know.
Some people have been outraged at how the US officials viewed things such as electricity as basics, while some of the communities wiped out in the Boxing Day Tsunami had never had them. At first I agreed, but then it occurred to me that those communities could carry on fine without missing something they had never possessed. The US, on the other hand, is so dependent on electricity (and boy, is that going to be funny when the oil runs out) that it probably IS a basic.
One thing that did outrage me was the way it has been called (by the media or the officials, or just the average guy in the flooded street - I don't know) "Our Tsunami". That's about as logical as calling 11/9 "Our Holocaust", or Iraq "Our World War Two". "The New Vietnam", while getting closer, is still not terribly proportionate.
a tragedy. No-one but Al-Qa'ida-oids would dispute that. However, it is wrong to put it on the same level as far, far, worse ones, nor to lose sight of the fact that things just as bad - and worse - happen in other countries and for some reason almost nothing is made of it. When Typhoon Talim slams into Taiwan sometime in the next two days I bet no-one will make anything like so much fuss. It's going to flatten half the island, but why should anyone care about that?