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|Thursday September 8, 2005|
|In the face of the calamity caused by Hurricane Katrina, no one wants to blame anyone while bodies still are being extracted.
But when you see that said, you'll know that what surely follows is ample pointing of fingers for "bad planning," "cutting resources," "distorted priorities," "failed vision," "callous disregard of the warnings" and an abject failure to "do something."
The second-guessing is endemic: If "they" hadn't destroyed so many wetlands they cudda stopped the devastation. If they just built the levees higher ... If they had not built a city below sea level ... If President Bush and Congress hadn't cut flood-protection money ... If Bush hadn't gone to war ... If they just had a more dependable hurricane warning system ... If we had thousands of buses standing by to instantly evacuate hundreds of thousands of people to a safe, comfortable place ... If they just had enough food, water and tents to sustain a million people in hurricane-proof warehouses, close to the city ... If they wudda had a plan to search every attic, house by house ...
But that's nothing compared with the blame-slinging by people who link the force and frequency of hurricanes to global warming. Here is NBC's Robert Bazell reporting as fact that "many scientists" predict more Katrinas "as global warming increases sea temperatures," without mentioning that many more disagree. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. saying the evidence of the link is "clear," when it isn't. And implying that Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour brought this disaster down on his state by arguing against stricter regulation of "greenhouse" gases. Author Ross Gelbspan in The Boston Globe blaming global warming not just for Katrina, but just about every other disaster catastrophe imaginable.
|Americans Not Blaming Bush for Katrina Problems|
Letter to the Editor
President George W. Bush is the freely and democratically elected president of the United States of America, a nation founded on respect for human rights and individual freedoms.
The United States and Americans are our neighbours, our allies, our trading partners. They are perceived to be our friends by the vast majority of Canadians.
Some articles and the editorial cartoon of Sept. 8 published in your paper criticizing the Americans and their president seem to be based on left-leaning, persistently anti-American philosophy.
During his first term as president, the United States was attacked on Sept. 11 by religious extremists.
More than 3,000 Americans were murdered in their workplace, in their office towers or on their hijacked civilian airplanes.
The continuing attacks on Bush remind me of the state-controlled communist press in the former USSR, degrading the free western democracies and their elected officials.
The Americans were hit by a natural disaster of unprecedented proportion and ferocity by hurricane Katrina. They were suffering.
They are trying to cope with this catastrophe. To attack their president at a time like this seems repugnant, even shamelessly vile.
I find it deeply disturbing and upsetting to find poison
pen articles and political cartoons which ridicule and debase the
American president, especially at this time.