In One Ear, Out the Other
Hurricane Katrina has devestated New Orleans. The images you see on television and the internet are horrible. I shutter to think of what the loss of property and life is going to be before this is all done. The emotions I feel are similar to those I felt when the tsunami hit a few months ago. Just total sadness and confusion over how God could let something like this happen.
Remember what that was like? The international community and Americans in particular rallied to send money, food, and medical supplies. Now that New Orleans is a city in ruins, where is the flood (no pun intended) of international support? So far I can't find any country being on record as promising to help our citizens in their time of need. A google search of "Hurricane Katrina" and "International support" gives no credible links.
I can deal with that. I'm used to it. They've never helped us before. When you add up hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, forest fires, floods, mudslides, and heat waves I would bet Americans suffer more casualties than any other nation on earth due to natural disasters. Yet nobody ever offers to help us. That's fine. But what burns me up is when snobby Europeans wag their finger at us after something like Katrina and say, "We told you so."
Today German Newspapers couldn't resist saying "We told you so" by linking Katrina to global warming. They offer no scientific proof other than some guy who charted hurricane strength against his bogus global warming numbers. Their point is Americans have to learn the lessons of global warming, and if that means a few million Americans lose everything they own and a few more have to die, so be it.
The lesson to learn from Katrina is to not build a city on the coast below sea level. The people we have to thank for that blunder are the French who founded the city. Will they help us rebuild it now to make up for their mistake? I doubt it. But now is not the time to be pointing fingers. Now is the time for action. Not surprisingly, when it's time for action we get no support from the Europeans. All we get is the wagging finger and a nice view of their nostrils as they point their noses in the air. One guy points out that Americans make up 4% of the world's population and generate 25% of the Earth's greenhouse gasses. I guess he would have us just turn off the factories. Let's see how he likes it when 4% of the Earth's population turns off 25% of the global GDP. I suppose then we will be called selfish for that.
That's fine. We are America. Even though New Orleans is destroyed, we will rebuild it because that is what America does. When America is down we pick ourself up, brush off the dirt, and get to work. Had a catastrophy of this magnitude happened in Europe they would sit and cry and ask for us to help. And we would help because we are Americans. We build things. We help people. And after we gave Europe billions of dollars I have no doubt they would say we should have done more. But we wouldn't complain. That is what makes America so great and Europe not worth listening to.