President Bush has diverted funds that were needed
to prepare for this type of natural disaster
to fund a war of conquest in Iraq.
He did this despite being warned of the potential
for danger by FEMA
(the Federal Emergency Management Agency)
as early as 2001.
The Houston Chronicle reported on Dec. 1, 2001:
“New Orleans is sinking. And its main buffer
from a hurricane, the protective Mississippi River
is quickly eroding away,
leaving the historic city perilously close to disaster.
...So vulnerable, in fact, that earlier this year
the Federal Emergency Management Agency
ranked the potential damage to New Orleans
as among the three likeliest,
most catastrophic disasters
facing this country.”
Administration knew of the danger
and they knew how to prepare for it.
But they chose to
do little or nothing
– they actually slashed funding for preventative
and emergency measures,
leaving the people of the region helpless
to deal with the inevitable disaster.
Now, with the destruction of New Orleans
and numerous surrounding communities,
tens of thousands of people
are without food, water, or electricity.
Thousands of homes are destroyed
and the death toll continues to climb.