Canada, like a good neighbor, reaches out in our time of need and says "let me help". And our government, in it's security-crazed fashion, says "no"??
On tonight's news, CTV (Canadian TV) said that support was offered from Canada. Planes are ready to load with food and medical supplies and a system called "DART" which can provide fresh water and medical supplies is standing by. Department of Homeland Security as well as other U.S. agencies were contacted by the Canadian government requesting permission to provide help. Despite this contact, Canada has not been allowed to fly supplies and personnel to the areas hit by Katrina.
We go in to every disaster area in the world...and nations appreciate that. It's why, despite not being the most well-loved nation in the world, others are willing to help when we have a catastrophe. So are we somehow too good to allow foreign assistance in our nation?
The government needs to set it's pride aside and let the aid in. Reports from New Orleans show that it's a madhouse of disorganized chaos there...we obviously need help. Fox and CNN reporters on the scene have quite often been the communications links to get help where it's needed...our own disaster relief is swamped. Which is disturbing, as we're supposed to be much more well equipped and trained to handle disaster, especially in the wake of 9/11.
The military is doing a good job...frankly I'd give the Navy overall command of the situation, or the Army, as both of them are kicking butt. But the local systems are falling apart, and this is exactly what they are supposed to be there for.
We need to swallow our pride and accept the help that is offered.
And when the worst of the rescue effort is done, we need to turn to prevention...next time, instead of throwing billions of dollars in a needless foreign war we might consider better securing our own potential disaster areas. At the risk of a political statement in the midst of disaster, I can't help but note that much of this could have been prevented by a better levee system, which Louisana had been asking for funding to build for a couple of years.