Sunday, September 04, 2005

A potent K: the muse of death descends on America

Two weeks ago, Katrina, a powerful hurricane, lashed its might on the American Gulf Coast. Coming from Central Bahamas, Katrina veered toward the Americas- first Florida where it was initially classified as a Category 1 hurricane; it shifted winds over the Gulf of Mexico, finally veered north and west toward Mississippi and Louisiana where it grew strength to a mind-boggling category 5 hurricane with 160mph winds. In four days, America witnessed the wrath of nature.

Katrina left behind a trail of wreckage, streets and whole communities inundated by water, evacuees in arenas and coliseums, a death toll that is yet to be finalized and anarchy in affected areas such as New Orleans. One national guardsman likened what he saw to something out of the streets of Somalia. Chaos. Desperation. A scene reminiscent of a blockbuster Hollywood movie.

Katrina left a nation in shock and a world in disbelief. Is this America? America, the ever so powerful nation; America who destroys nations with its military might; America who can wage war at any nation at any given time; and now you see an America in shambles, bowing to the might of nature.

European newspapers had a blast in their editorial. One London broadsheet described it as “the humbling of a superpower.”

I, and perhaps all Filipinos, sympathize with the Americans. We’ve been through it. We are always in it. Every year, the country lives through 15-20 typhoons of which 2 or 3 would become disastrous. How many Dinangs, Anings and Rosings have we seen? How many lives lost to them? Countless.

The Philippines, through the National Red Cross, is sending 25,000 USD in aid to America. Measly and symbolic it seems to a rich nation, but so much to a country in dire need of dollar reserves. On top of this, a 25-man humanitarian contingent is on its way and with it are our world-class doctors and nurses who are known as the most caring, kind and gentle health-providers.


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At Sunday, September 04, 2005 8:07:00 PM, Blogger droz said...

and what's this? frustrated news commentator? hehe!

At Sunday, September 04, 2005 8:17:00 PM, Blogger 321Fire said...

D'droz, my alter-ego was the one responsible. hehehe. Seriously, you're seeing another facet of d'DEMENTED.

I guess I'm back to my sane self. Thanks to a good night sleep Saturday. Matutulog na sana ako nung Friday but Juancho and Joan were itching for a night-out. I wanted to beg off but they were persistent. I'll write a blog on that tomorrow.

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At Monday, September 05, 2005 2:58:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At Monday, September 05, 2005 8:59:00 AM, Blogger droz said...

it's your lucky day. may 2 extra pc sa CI office sans jen and orland. it's blog time!

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At Monday, September 05, 2005 10:34:00 AM, Blogger 321Fire said...

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