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Friday, February 10, 2006


Brown says he's been made Katrina scapegoat, according to CNN.com
I was wondering about this a while ago. Why the foot-dragging over Hurricane Katrina? None of the suggested reasons was persuasive. However ...

Brown asserted the government's response would be been different if terrorism had been the cause of the levee failures in New Orleans.

"But because this was a natural disaster, that has become the stepchild within the Department of Homeland Security," he said.

And why is that? I think it's because there's nothing political about natural disasters, no useful enemy to blame them on. I could be wrong, but I think Mr Bush has expended an inordinate amount of effort antagonizing everyone to the extent that his very existence relies on the exposure and condemnation of notional enemies of some kind. Rumsfeldt's boorish treatment of Western Europe, Ambassador Cellucci's idiotic public haranguing of the country to which he was meant to act as messenger, David Frum's childish equation of unrelated (if hostile and problematic) states to those of 20th-century fascism, these are just a few indications of a foreign policy that could be described as sociopathic.

What has that to do with Katrina?

Well, sociopaths are unconcerned with another's suffering. In fact, for them, another's suffering is a sign of how well they have done. "I am happy" they say, "because God (or the Goddess) approves of my actions."

And yet our text ought to be: "Man that is born of a woman hath but a short time to live, and is full of misery."


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