Tourist Debbie Durso of Washington, Mich., said she asked a police officer for assistance and his response was, “Go to hell – it’s every man for himself.”
This about sums it up doesn’t it? If you are unprepared to take care of yourself, don’t expect anyone else to step up.
I cannot say that this was unexpected, if you expect the government, in any form, to help you…..you are living in a dream world. This is the most blantant example of this type of mentality.
Nothing that has occured in New Orleans was unexpected, even the levey collapse. There have been so many documentaries on this subject! Many that I have seen on PBS and other venues. Yet they did nothing.
They knew that the levies were only rated for a Catagory 3 hurricane, Katrina was a Catagory 5 when it was headed that way. Wouldn’t it have made sense to bolster the levey system in advance of this storm? Yet they did nothing.
It was well known that the city sits below sea level, it was known that the storm was headed that way, it was known what could and would happen. Yet they did nothing.
Advising people to go to the Superdome was ludicrous! It is known that the power will go out, and that the Superdome sits near both the river and the lake. This advice was remenicent of herding people toward the shower rooms in the concentration camps.
People should be allowed to make their own choices, however they are also responsible for the concequences of those choices and should not expect anyone to show up and “save” them from themselves!
It is pitifully obvious that most people expect to do whatever they please, but then also expect not to held responsible.
The handwriting was engraved long ago on the wall, but the mentality of ” it won’t happen to me”, ” it won’t happen here”, coupled with ” the government will take of it” sealed the fate of this disaster.