Thursday, September 01, 2005

Katrina - shooting at the rescuers

Jonah on the shooting:
But when people fire weapons on doctors and rescue vehicles, it is a sign of profound moral decay more grotesque than words can describe.

Again, the shooting is wrong under any circumstance, but why are people doing such a thing? From the WaPo:

"Hospitals are trying to evacuate," Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Cheri Ben-Iesan, told the AP. "At every one of them, there are reports that as the helicopters come in people are shooting at them. There are people just taking potshots at police and helicopters, telling them, 'You better come get my family.' "

As bad as this is, I'm not sure trying to save one's family is "profound moral decay...grotesque" rather than the most natural human response to such an inconceivable disaster. Again, is Goldberg absolutely certain that he wouldn't react the same way if he was starving and his entire family was about to die? Probably he wouldn't, but who among bloggers really knows what that's like?


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