Fwd: +Stunned World!... really, now...+

John 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 
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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