Sunday, September 18, 2005

Sickening Beyond Belief Redux

In Sickening Beyond Belief, Ian explores the first-hand reports of Dr. Mark N. Perlmutter, who was ordered to leave a woman to die by a federal official who wouldn't let him help.

Dr. Perlmutter's account is not an isolated incident. It is, however, a microcosm of the systematic problems with the government's performance in the hurricane areas.

I've read numerous similar account by other individuals, especially by doctors, and also by undertakers who volunteered to help identify bodies (for free, naturally)--but the feds prefer to spend budget dollars to hand out inflated porkbarrel contracts to Republican supporters than accept the free services of Americans who just want to help. I didn't keep track of all the links at the time, but here are a sample of other articles I bookmarked that reflect the same kind of attitudes at a macro level:
Bush Rejects Venezuelan Aid

US Stalls, Delays, Rejects foreign Aid Offers

US Customs Tells Workers to Stop Helping FEMA

Navy Pilots Who Rescue People Are Reprimanded

FEMA Deploys 1000 Firefighters -- to Pass Out PR Flyers
Note, incidentally, that none of these reports come from -- this is all from established corporate media sources. There are too many similar news reports of volunteers being blocked, food and goods being rejected, human resources being squandered, offers of aid and assistance being ignored. These links are a few days old, but the stories keep coming out day after day after day.

The Republican's philosophy is to exploit government for their own personal profit--and to hell with the rest of us. It doesn't matter who drowns, who dies, who's displaced--as long as, at the end of the day, a Republican can make a buck out of the tragedy.

The problem right now isn't individual incidents: it is a pattern of strategic incompetence, deliberate neglect, and exploitation that enters the realm of necrophilia. That there are Americans today who support George Bush, trust the GOP, or are prepared to call this debacle anything other than a deliberate genocide campaign...baffles me, saddens me, and sickens me beyond belief.

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