Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Baghdad Comes to America

Illegal war begets lawless cities beget mayhem at home.

From WDSU. New Orleans has become a magnet for thieves. Bands of gunmen are roaming through New Orleans. Looters have been breaking into stores all over town to steal guns. The gun section at a new Wal-Mart has been cleaned out. The thieves are using their new guns, with shots heard through the night in the Crescent City. People commandeered a forklift on high ground to lift storm shutters and broke the glass of a Rite-Aid pharmacy. A crowd stormed the store, carrying ice, water and food. Workers at Children's Hospital huddled with sick kids and waited for help to arrive as looters tried to break in.

Much of the looting could have been prevented had the New Orleans civic authorities used their powers to seize food, drug and convenience stores in order to distribute food and water on the spot. The smart Director of Emergency Management in neighboring Jefferson Parish, Walter S. Maestri, had the foresight to seize the local superstores like Walmart, Sam's Club and K-Mart to meet the emergency needs of his people. No looting there.


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