overworkedloon 56M
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8/31/2005 10:10 am

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm


Hurricane Katrina has, along with the devastation it caused, brought about a severe loss of perspective to the people describing it. I'm not diminishing the fact that hundreds were killed, hundreds of thousands were made homeless and the economic impact will be huge from this, but the comparisons made by media and politicians to other events are misguided.

The first outlandish comparison was, I believe, made by the mayor of Biloxi. "Katrina is our Tsunami." No, not quite. Unlike the tsunami there were several days warning to evacuate, not several minutes. Another small detail overlooked in the comparison was the fact that at least 225,000 people were killed by the tsunami in an area extending from Malaysia to the coast of Africa.

Another comparison was made by the Governor of Mississippi. "Biloxi looks like Hiroshima." Hiroshima was destroyed by a nuclear weapon with an equivalent force of 30 million pound of TNT. Every building, house, tree and human being within a mile of the blast was totally destroyed. A firestorm was ignited that covered 4.4 square miles. It is estimated that between 60 and 70,000 people died and another 60 to 70,000 were injured. The effects of the radiation lasted for generations.

The last comparison made today in the media. "It looks like a 3rd world country." Boated bellies from starvation and thousands dying from disease?

My heart goes out to those that have suffered and had their lives destroyed by Katrina, but don't diminish the suffering of others by making asinine comparisons to other tragedies.

open4fun2005 58M/50F

8/31/2005 4:46 pm

I totally agree with you on this. There should be no comparison of this tragic devistation to any other devistation that has occured in the course of history. I personally believe that any loss of life is heartbreaking. Sad fictional movies I see at the theaters dont make me cry...Its real world catastrophies...caused by mother nature or caused by man himself.... where real suffering and loss of life has occured that leaves me in tears. God bless all the people effected by Katrina's wrath!

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