Fwd: +Stunned World!... really, now...+
blueoval at 1SMARTISP.NET
Wed Sep 7 07:46:11 MDT 2005
"Stunned world? Really now, blokes, isn't that overdoing
it a bit: stunned...?"
Reuters: a Brit news company that so desires to see
Uncle Sam collapse. Their very words give them away
every time. They're almost as frantic as the NYTimes to
see America collapse in the Middle East. They will be so
disappointed when America comes out of this - and not
with high drama - just hard work, as usual. "So boring,
these yanks! I say!" Do share. Allen.
alod at huntel.net
World stunned as US struggles with Katrina
Sep 02 10:08 AM US/Eastern
By Andrew Gray
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
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
"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
"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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