Tuesday, September 06, 2005

We Have to Stop This Kind of Thing

When I first saw this story, I knew someone would run with it. Since then I've seen it posted several places. Yet, One Pissed Off Veteran sets it up better than anyone else.

"When three Duke University college students can drive into New Orleans, make it all the way to the Super Bowl, pick up survivors and ferry them out of the city, not once but twice, then something is way fucked up with the FEMA response to the tragedy in the City of New Orleans.

We've been told over and over again that no one could get into the city to pick up survivors. Bullshit bullshit bullshit bullshit bullshit bullshit bullshit bullshit bullshit."

What is amazing here is that these three Duke students (
Sonny Byrd, David Hankla, and Hans Buder) took it upon themselves to help people in New Orleans. They didn't know anyone there, they didn't work for some major relief agency, they just saw people suffering and they took action. That's what Americans do.

"Anyone who knows that area, if you had a bus, it would take you no more than 20 minutes to drive in with a bus and get these people out," Buder said. "They sat there for four or five days with no food, no water, babies getting raped in the bathrooms, there were murders, nobody was doing anything for these people. And we just drove right in, really disgraceful. I don't want to get too fired up with the rhetoric, but some blame needs to be placed somewhere."

Three young men drove from
North Carolina to help people. They worked in shelters in Baton Rouge and then, seeing a need, drove there two wheel drive Hyundai down to the "inaccessible" Superdome site and helped some people who needed help. That's what Americans do.

Americans help each other. How could the Bush Administration know so little about this country?