Europeans are stunned by the myriad pictures like this one. I was beyond shocked when during a live broadcast yesterday a Channel 4 reporter went past a dead man lying on top of a car. New Orleans and American race relations are the number one discussion points at the moment. In response to the half a million food parcels which have been diverted to New Orleans the general consensus here in Britain is that food and man-power are acceptable aid to the US but money isn’t.
I’m inclined to agree but the richest, most powerful etc etc nation on earth shouldn’t need anything from us if the hype is to be believed. As the mayor of New Orleans said if this had been Orange County or Manhatten we wouldn’t be seeing the horrific sights we are. The ‘classless society’ is having its class issues splashed accross the front pages of every paper in the world. I’m crossing my fingers that Bush will learn from this and stop pissing around with stupid foreign policies and sort his own backyard out, but then he said he wants to head that enquiry into the New Orleans response (or lack of) because he’ll be able to learn about disaster management in case of WMD attack. Jesus, in this time of need and potential enlightenment he flogs the same old dead horse.