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World stunned as US struggles with Katrina
By Andrew Gray
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LONDON (Reuters) - The world has watched amazed as the planet's only superpower struggles with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, with some saying the chaos has exposed flaws and deep divisions in American society.

World leaders and ordinary citizens have expressed sympathy with the people of the southern United States whose lives were devastated by the hurricane and the flooding that followed.

But many have also been shocked by the images of disorder beamed around the world -- looters roaming the debris-strewn streets and thousands of people gathered in New Orleans waiting for the authorities to provide food, water and other aid.

"Anarchy in the USA" declared Britain's best-selling newspaper The Sun.

"Apocalypse Now" headlined Germany's Handelsblatt daily.

The pictures of the catastrophe -- which has killed hundreds and possibly thousands -- have evoked memories of crises in the world's poorest nations such as last year's tsunami in Asia, which left more than 230,000 people dead or missing.

But some view the response to those disasters more favorably than the lawless aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

"I am absolutely disgusted. After the tsunami our people, even the ones who lost everything, wanted to help the others who were suffering," said Sajeewa Chinthaka, 36, as he watched a cricket match in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

"Not a single tourist caught in the tsunami was mugged. Now with all this happening in the U.S. we can easily see where the civilized part of the world's population is."

SINKING INTO ANARCHY

Many newspapers highlighted criticism of local and state authorities and of President Bush. Some compared the sputtering relief effort with the massive amounts of money and resources poured into the war in Iraq.

"A modern metropolis sinking in water and into anarchy -- it is a really cruel spectacle for a champion of security like Bush," France's left-leaning Liberation newspaper said.

"(Al Qaeda leader Osama) bin Laden, nice and dry in his hideaway, must be killing himself laughing."

A female employee at a multinational firm in South Korea said it may have been no accident the U.S. was hit.

"Maybe it was punishment for what it did to Iraq, which has a man-made disaster, not a natural disaster," said the woman, who did not want to be named as she has an American manager.

"A lot of the people I work with think this way. We spoke about it just the other day," she said.

Commentators noted the victims of the hurricane were overwhelmingly African Americans, too poor to flee the region as the hurricane loomed unlike some of their white neighbors.

New Orleans ranks fifth in the United States in terms of African American population and 67 percent of the city's residents are black.

"In one of the poorest states in the country, where black people earn half as much as white people, this has taken on a racial dimension," said a report in Britain's Guardian daily.

Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, in a veiled criticism of U.S. political thought, said the disaster showed the need for a strong state that could help poor people.

"You see in this example that even in the 21st century you need the state, a good functioning state, and I hope that for all these people, these poor people, that the Americans will do their best," he told reporters at a European Union meeting in Newport, Wales.

David Fordham, 33, a hospital anesthetist speaking at a London underground rail station, said he had spent time in America and was not surprised the country had struggled to cope.

"Maybe they just thought they could sit it out and everything would be okay," he said.

"It's unbelievable though -- the TV images -- and your heart goes out to them."

(With reporting by Reuters bureaux around the world)

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The Governor's office is coordinating a Louisiana volunteer effort to get aid to New Orleans. My husband called and offered to do whatever was needed, from patrolling streets to changing diapers, and to bring in what supplies he could. He found out that he's not alone. The residents of Louisiana are furious. The governor's office has our contact information and will be calling us back with a list and a meeting-place/staging area. For those intertested in helping with this effort, go to Kathleen Blanco's website. There are several numbers there that you can call to see what you can do.

These free-lance Darwinists in our Federal Government are (in my opinion) indulging in a bit of social engineering. Mayor Ray Nagin in New Orleans and Governor Kathleen Blanco in Baton Rouge are both saying they haven't seen much of FEMA or the Red Cross. The group in the White House is right at the top of one of the biggest Good Ole Boy's networks going. It's time to stop them and help in the relief efforts. Please lend your support by calling to find out what you can do. I would suggest that you find out from Gov. Blanco's office the most effective way to get food, water, gasoline, money, etc. to this relief effort instead of depending on FEMA to do anything

It is time for Bush to be impeached. The man has spread nothing but death and disaster, through his callous greed. He is not alone, he is but the pawn/spawn of the Carlyle Group, an international assortment of assholes (I am sorry but it's true) who's one goal is to control and suck the life out of as much of the world as possible for MONEY??!!!! So in that aim, Bush effectively dismantled FEMA by taking away it's budget, by ending PROJECT IMPACT started by the previous director James Lee Witt, who re-oriented FEMA from civil defense preparations to a focus on natural disaster preparedness and disaster mitigation. Under Clinton, FEMA was elevated to a Cabinet-level agency, in recognition of it's important responsibilities coordinating efforts across departmental and governmental lines. Witt fought to get funding for Project Impact when he was in charge, but after Bush took (stole) the presidency he announced on Feb. 28, 2001 that Project Impact would be discontinued.
THIS YEAR, it was announced that FEMA was to "officially" lose the disaster preparedness function that it has had since it's creation.
So this is what happened to FEMA. George Bush left those in charge of dealing with emergencies with no national leadership and no mentors. They have been forced to fend for themselves, making do with "homeland security" mission.(A total joke) Their "all-hazards" approaches were decimated by the administration's preoccupation with terrorism.
Bush has, to an unconscionable degree, weakened our ability to respond to natural disasters, and you can be sure that more are coming.
(This reply borrowed heavily from an article written by Eric Holdeman of the King County, Washington State Office of Emergency Management.)

It is time for Bush to be impeached. The man has spread nothing but death and disaster, through his callous greed. He is not alone, he is but the pawn/spawn of the Carlyle Group, an international assortment of assholes (I am sorry but it's true) who's one goal is to control and suck the life out of as much of the world as possible for MONEY??!!!! So in that aim, Bush effectively dismantled FEMA by taking away it's budget, by ending PROJECT IMPACT started by the previous director James Lee Witt, who re-oriented FEMA from civil defense preparations to a focus on natural disaster preparedness and disaster mitigation. Under Clinton, FEMA was elevated to a Cabinet-level agency, in recognition of it's important responsibilities coordinating efforts across departmental and governmental lines. Witt fought to get funding for Project Impact when he was in charge, but after Bush took (stole) the presidency he announced on Feb. 28, 2001 that Project Impact would be discontinued.
THIS YEAR, it was announced that FEMA was to "officially" lose the disaster preparedness function that it has had since it's creation.
So this is what happened to FEMA. George Bush left those in charge of dealing with emergencies with no national leadership and no mentors. They have been forced to fend for themselves, making do with "homeland security" mission.(A total joke) Their "all-hazards" approaches were decimated by the administration's preoccupation with terrorism.
Bush has, to an unconscionable degree, weakened our ability to respond to natural disasters, and you can be sure that more are coming.
(This reply borrowed heavily from an article written by Eric Holdeman of the King County, Washington State Office of Emergency Management.)

It is interesting how people of various political and social persuasions will interpret the same facts to agree with there own prejudices.

We all ready have a strong state, a very strong state, there is literaly no facet of American life that is not directly or indirectly controled or regulated by government. What is happening in New Orleans is a perfect example of why it is disastrous to put all your faith in the government. The people of New Orleans and Louisiana are not poor, this is not some backwater third world country. They are perfectly capable of taking care of themselves; if they did not send all there wealth to Washington, DC, and then have to beg hat in hand for some crumbs off the federal table to be able to protect themselves from floods and huricanes.

If you want to put your security in the hands of the federal government, then expect more New Orleans disasters.

So this is your prejudice

OH, Okay. So THAT"S your answer......everyone for him/herself?
You are living in a fantasy.....maybe the same one Grover Norquist lives in.

Let me make a guess. I say you are of the "affluent" percentage of the population....out of touch with the reality of the "other percentage".

In New Zealand various reputable agencies are appealing for donations to aid recovery efforts. Now, while it is entirely reasonable that we should feel great pity for those suffering through these awful events, an obvious question arises: Should the international community really be called upon to send financial aid to a country which can afford to manufactue $2.6 million dollar missiles as though they are Wonka bars? I think not.

Wake up America.

Simon, New Zealand

Dear New Zealand,

You have every reason to feel this way and I am glad you expressed it. I am so ashamed and sickened by the state of my country. I have never been a "flag-waver" and the aftermath of this hurricane tragedy causes me to be even more sickened by this country. I am one of those horrible "internationalist types" that so many ignorant Americans like to spit on as being unpatriotic. I see that we are only a part of the community living on this planet.

Maybe this country will have to be so humbled that we will see what it is like to need help from the international community. But, like a rotten little bully in a playground, perhaps the other kids have just had enough of the bullsh*t and won't be so moved to rush in to give assistance.

I never voted for Bush and it has been painful watching this charlatan and his gang ruin my country and it makes me sick to see so many of my fellow citizens support them. they ae the true Un-patriots..

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