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America "Liberates" Iraq, Leaves Poor to Die in New Orleans

The so-called evacuation of New Orleans, in preparation for Hurricane Katrina, is yet another example of the hypocrisy of the American government. America, the richest nation in the world, didn't even bother renting buses to help the poor evacuate before Katrina hit.

Now that the hurricane has passed the US government has stepped in, martial law is declared, and property is once again secured from the rabble that managed to survive. And, to reassure us all, public officials have used various photo-ops to show their concern for the carnage.

Meanwhile, other nations are being appealed to for aid. Perhaps the 6 billion perm onth being spent on the bogus Iraqi war could have been helpful?

From an email attributed to a rescue worker (via BoingBoing):
The poorest 20% (you can argue with the number -- 10%? 18%? no one knows) of the city was left behind to drown. This was the plan. Forget the sanctimonious bullshit about the bullheaded people who wouldn't leave. The evacuation plan was strictly laissez-faire. It depended on privately owned vehicles, and on having ready cash to fund an evacuation. The planners knew full well that the poor, who in new orleans are overwhelmingly black, wouldn't be able to get out. The resources -- meaning, the political will -- weren't there to get them out.

White per capita income in Orleans parish, 2000 census: $31,971. Black per capita: $11,332. Median *household* income in B.W. Cooper (Calliope) Housing Projects, 2000: $13,263.

(Photo via Associated Press)

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