Testaments From Japan: One Year Later

Tsunami ravaged country reminds the world of the chivalry it lost when it got on the fast pace… The Meaning of Being Human.


29th August 2005, Hurricane Katrina crashed into the Gulf Coast and brought a flooding that destroyed much of this and the coastal cities of Mississippi and Alabama, killing thereabouts 1,800, and bringing about damage in the regions of $100 billion.

A disaster is a disaster, and we don’t always understand them or know why they occur. Sometimes we ask questions and sometimes we are just plain blank. But it is the immediate aftermath that brings the contrast between those who thrive and those who merely survive; and it was the aftermath of these two grave Acts of God that reveals the true humanity in those who suffered them. In the United States, it is recorded that residents who remained in New Orleans shortly after the hurricane began looting stores, largely in search of food and water that were not available to them through any other means, but also in search of non-essential items, worsening an already grave situation. it was the carjackings and murders, the thefts and the rapes that flooded the news which made it obvious that many people were merely seizing the opportunity to… to be mean.

There are those who claim that it was all about the confusion, and that many of the reports were inaccurate, but after the National Guard, the US Coast Guard, and federal troops were brought in, arrests were made, and the then Governor of the State of Louisiana, Kathleen Blanco is on record as stating: “They have M16s and are locked and loaded. These troops know how to shoot and kill and I expect they will,” while Bill Jefferson the Congressman spoke on ABC News of law and order being restored to the city over a two-week period during which “There was shooting going on” and “There was sniping going on.” Even with all of this, there was also more than a few reports of police brutality and misconduct, shooting, and also one fatal incident at Danziger Bridge.

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3 Responses to “Testaments From Japan: One Year Later”
  1. Show-me Says...

    On March 15, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Lovely article

  2. K-babe Says...

    On March 15, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Interesting piece. A lot of simple lessons to learn.

  3. blanka Says...

    On March 15, 2012 at 5:20 am

    Wish everybody could learn from them.

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