Originally Posted by Bergermeister
Haiti has been hit pretty hard.
Next is Cuba.
CNN is now predicting that it is heading towards New Orleans...
I'm sure the Republicans are already planning how to make the most of these storms.
"Republican governors in Republican states..."
Cuba has been hit extremely hard, Ike making landfall as a 125mph Category 3 storm, with the center having traveled right across the eastern half of the island. The Cuban government, despite their popular reputation here in the US, are traditionally very efficient at protecting their citizens during natural disasters like Ike, and recently Gustav which hit the western half of the nation as a category 4 storm.
I wonder if we will hear anything in the US weasel media about Ike's effects in Cuba, where there will undoubtedly be lives lost, and a massive amount of property damage by the time the storm has moved into the Gulf of Mexico? I somehow doubt.
I recall the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, where the first nations ot offer help were Cuba and Venezuela
. These two "hostile"
nations (!!) offered several mobile hospitals, water treatment plants, canned food, bottled water, heating oil, 1,100 doctors and 26.4 metric tons of medicine, though this aid was rejected by the U.S. government.
One can only conclude that the Bush Administration was more concerned in scoring cheap political points than helping the plight of some 500,000 people whose lives were trashed by the storm, as well as the families of the 1500+ who drowned in New Orleans. After all, most of those 500,000 were poor, black, working class people who tend to vote democrat (ie part of the enemy).. so they
didn't deserve assistance. This was also reflected in the decisions and attitudes of Department of "Homeland Security" prior to the storm. If there was ever a case to fire someone for criminal negligence and dereliction of duty, Chertoff should have been canned. Instead, the hapless "Brownie" fell on his sword. In contrast, the administration was relatively efficient at getting paramilitary thugs from Blackwater, Wackenhut and other corporate terrorist organizations to use the wrecked city as a conveniently prepared training area, courtesy of Nature.
Bush Admin. officials, and the Dumbfuckistan US right wing in general are undoubtedly enjoying some breakfast jokes right now, at the expense of the Cuban people. It is easy to imagine the cackling laughter... It is impossible
not to be cynical, since the heavy hitters in this administration are as callous and inhuman to the point of psychopathic, whose motivation is power, their methods are warfare and greed, and who have this broad obsession with ostracizing and belittling those of different ideological, philosophical or religious traditions.