New Orleans

Read this blog entry.



Now. Mr Bush. The Buck stops with you. Explain why after 4 days, tens of thousands of folks are still starving at the New Orleans Convention center ? Is it because they're poor ? Was it because you were on holiday at the time ?



All over the BBC last night: No law, no order, no supplies, no water, no organisation, no transportation, no rescue. This wasnt Al-Jazera - this was the BBC.



Serious questions have to be raised about the competency of the relief effort. Serious questions have to be raised about the levees, and why they were only rated to Category three (BBC). Serious questions have to be raised about the level of preparation for this, given that its one of the three disasters predicted back in 2000 (Twin Towers was another - earthquake in California being the third).



I hope and I pray that these folks can be saved - and I hope and I pray that once the immediate emergency is over, the so-far tame American press will do their jobs and ask some hard questions for a change.



And - remember. Building a city at or below sea level, with global warming predicting a 50-foot sea-level rise in the next 100 years. This unfortunately will be repeated.



Update: Bush Administration cut funding by 44% for flood defences in 2001. FEMA predicted this.