Sunday, September 04, 2005

Like a dream come true 

New Orleans - just like Baghdad, only crunchy. Well, everyone seems to agree:
Iraq's deputy ambassador to the United Nations yesterday drew a comparison between the way U.S. troops have been sent to New Orleans to put down looting and the failure in 2003 of coalition forces to halt looting in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities.

Emphasizing that he was speaking as an individual and not in his official capacity, Deputy Ambassador Feisal Amin Istrabadi said at a meeting of the American Political Science Association that he thought about the U.S. forces' lack of action two years ago to halt the extensive looting in Baghdad as he followed the events in New Orleans. He added: "I hope others did, too."
And on the ground:
A month ago, this steamy riverfront offered Michael Rogers a much-needed vacation after a year's tour in Iraq. His head was spinning when he returned in his National Guard uniform, unable to shake the similarities to his time on the streets of Baghdad.

An angry crowd. A hot blazing sun. A murky mixture of resentment and gratitude.
For the angry left, this is the perfect storm; everything they said Iraq was - chaos, bloodshed, confusion, humanitarian nightmare, looting, not enough troops, negligent Administration, no contingency plans - except it's better because it's not on the other side of the world but in the heart of America.

In interesting, Katrina-related links:

Alenda Lux asks whether Reuters is making up stories.

Americans for Freedom
lists four reasons why Bush cannot be blamed for the New Orleans disaster.

No Speedbumps blogs about African-American poverty.

Jim Treacher has the transcript of Kanye West's outburst, and Decision 08 makes Kanye the Jackass of the Week.

Couple of guys still stranded in downtown New Orleans are live-blogging the events (hat tip: Generation Why).

Pundit Guy points a finger at Mayor Ray Nagin.

The Adventures of Chester has a report from helping the evacuees.

The Bad Hair Blog looks at the foreign contributions (here and here).


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