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Missing Left Sock Beast
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Coyote Musings
Coyote handsome
his coat the same brown
as the dust from which he rises

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What is the sound of one hand slapping Schroedinger's cat?

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The Quantum Duck goes "quark, quark."

September 2010
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Missing Left Sock Beast [userpic]

Here's the thing:

I don't care who is at fault. I don't even care if it somehow comes out that GWB worked heap major bad mojo and directly caused the levees to break. I guess it's a human thing, wanting to know who to point the finger at, wanting to know who is responsible, wanting to know who deserves the blame when something terrible happens. Blame poor planning, blame the poor and stubborn for staying, blame Mother Nature, blame God, blame each other...but passing the blame buck isn't going to feed anyone. Figuring out who's to blame isn't going to see that the naked have clothing. It won't arrange for shelter for those who now need it. Solidly planting the weight for this disaster on someone's shoulders isn't going to get the water out of the city. It won't medicate those who are in desperate need of care.

Knowing who's to blame won't help to bury the dead. It won't make life easier for the living.

What's happened has happened, and placing the blame won't magically return things to how they were beforehand.

So what's the point?

I'm much more interested in how we're going to get food to the starving and water to the thirsty. In how we're going to start to rebuild. This isn't about red versus blue, or us versus them, or any other false duology you'd like to apply to the situation. This is about taking care of our fellow human beings.

Once the people are okay, once we've started to rebuild, then I'll be willing to worry about why this happened - but not to settle the blame on anyone's shoulders. No, at that point I'll be interested in why this happened so that we can start to make plans for how to keep it from happening again - or how to keep things from falling to pieces as they have this time.

Feeling:: sadsad
Comments

I still approve of minimizing the turnaround time between responsibility-evading weasel-speech (“I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees.”) and corrections from reality.

Yes, and I'm certainly not arguing that we shouldn't be saying that nobody did anything wrong, either; it's just that right now (IMO) the blame game isn't productive.

That said, he is a real weasel, isn't he.

I just hope that between the Iraq war and the Hurricane Katrina disaster, it’ll be possible to discredit the political philosophy (for which the Bush administration is the current vehicle) once and for all.