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October 12, 2005
Just Thinking

This morning, I was listening to NPR on the way to work and they described how Pakistanis were waiting for the relief helicopters...accepting the food and clothing and fighting to get their injured family and friends on board and on their way to medical help.

Some of these people live in a remote, almost untouchable part of Pakistan, hardly one of the worlds most democratic, or civilized (by our standards) of countries, but they never doubted the helicopters would arrive.

And I thought about New Orleans. About the people on the coast of the most powerful country in the world, waiting for the helicopters...or the planes or the trucks or the buses, or the cars, to arrive. Day after day, while the city rotted around them and floodwaters steamed in the summer heat.

I though about Aaron's mother. She died, listening for Uncle Sam's knock on her door.

I'm just saying. The fact that the majority of people polled now say that this country is on the wrong track is nice...but it would have been nicer if they'd seen the writing on the wall two or three years ago.


Posted by AnneZook at 10:09 AM


Comments

"I'm just saying. The fact that the majority of people polled now say that this country is on the wrong track is nice...but it would have been nicer if they'd seen the writing on the wall two or three years ago."

Eleven months ago would have been especially timely.

Posted by: Lawrence Krubner at October 12, 2005 02:07 PM

I was thinking more along the lines of the pleasure of hearing Republicans publicly catfighting over whether or not to even nominate Junior again.

The idea of him having to listen to a public washing of his dirty linen, when he was still in office and not able to completely hide from the public and the press, amused me.

Okay, it wasn't one of my nicer, more humanitarian moments.

Posted by: Anne at October 13, 2005 10:48 AM