Date registered: Sep 2004
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There are some very substantial differences. First, Katrina didn't happen spontaneously. The earthquake didn't give any advanced warning for a week or more. So the reaction by the Chinese government was a significantly greater challenge.
The type of destruction is different. Once the Katrina storm energy petered out it was relatively safe to drive and then boat people and supplies around to where they were needed. I believe the earthquake makes driving a problem for a longer time and doesn't make boating supplies around an option.
Didn't the bulk of the Chinese army aid march into the area's where the damage was most severe?
There are compromises the Chinese citizens make with their rights to maintain order that we would find unacceptable. They are emerging from a tougher time, with a much more restrictive society. That they are not like coiled snakes ready to loot and kill each other once the authorities appear to be losing their grip on the controls of the people is not that surprising.
Katrina was a failure of the United States to respond to a natural disaster because our government is not proactive, didn't plan for the worst to save money, didn't have sufficient resources at hand as the normal set of resources was distracted fucking around in Iraq, and be honest, it was only black people and Cajuns that were really suffering, and hell, most of them were leeching off society anyway, so who cares, right?
Katrina could have been a much lesser disaster for many reasons, weather forecasting being the primary one, and we have the benefit of hindsight to judge our nation's response. The Chinese are still in the middle of addressing their disaster and the earth is still shuddering there. It will be some time before the destruction is repaired and the Chinese people begin to look "back" at this earthquake and its aftermath. For some reason I don't think they will consider the disaster over with while hundreds of thousands are without places to live and the rubble is still all over the street. Jim
Last edited by JimSmith; 05-21-2008 at 07:32 AM.