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Hamish McKenzie - thinker, London, Ontario

Saturday, September 03, 2005

HURRICANE KATRINA:

- Has killed as many as 10,000 people.
- Survivors in New Orleans are faced with threats from complete social breakdown, disease, and terrible squalor.
- One million people could be left homeless.
- Residents may not be able to return to their homes for months.
- 80 percent of New Orleans is underwater.
- Who knows how long it will take to restore order, peace, the city?

President Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina:

- Sit it out at his Texas ranch.
- Allow two days to elapse.
- Take a 25-minute fly-over in Air Force One to survey the damage.
- Visit on foot after four days.
- Eventually call in National Guard, supplies for survivors, and aid.

Cost: Yet to be determined.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001:

- Killed about 3,000 people.
- Shook the US's self-confidence.
- Fucked up the US economy for a while.

President Bush's response to September 11:

- War on Afghanistan.
- War on Iraq.

Cost: $190 billion
(Not to mention the human costs in Afghanistan and Iraq. Well, actually, not to mention a hell of a lot of costs.)

The difference between the "threat" of "terrorism" and hurricanes:

- Hurricanes and other natural disasters will definitely come to American soil again. Repeatedly.

Will Bush be plowing $190 billion into fighting that war?