A few quotes from national newspapers around the world:

"The fast and safe evacuation was white, leaving behind poor black people, as if time had stood still between the racial unrest of the sixties and today"

"What is certain is that the tragedy has that has razed to the ground the states of Louisiana and Mississippi has shown up the weak flanks of a country which, taken up in the last few years with its imperial adventures, has ignored matters that are much more important for the well-being of its citizens."

"It is difficult to make light of one fact: that climate changes are at play, which are causing increasingly violent events... Katrina was just a warning."

"New Orleans may go down in history as the first major city in an advanced country to be lost to the process of global warming... We sincerely hope that the Bush administration will take the call from Hurricane Katrina and reconsider its energy and environmental policies and replace ostrich-like escapism with leadership in the global effort to deal with the crisis of global climatic change."

"This Katrina hurricane is a 'warning' by God over President Bush's reactionary behaviour on the Kyoto Protocol. The US government should wake up from this big disaster, truly take up its responsibilities as a great nation, and become the forerunner in protecting the global climate."

Yeah right... he's much too busy brown-nosing his big corporate buddies and killing iraqis to pay any attention to climate change, the biggest problem this planet has ever faced.

Anyway, changing the subject just a wee bit, I saw War of the Worlds recently at the cinema. Staggering how true-to-life that depiction of how people would behave in such a situation: huge disastor affecting everyone, and what happens? Law and order fly out the window and people start raping and pillaging. Shocking. What's even more shocking though are the pictures of the elderly and sick left to die in their wheelchairs.

And this is America. What an absolute disgrace. The richest country on Earth, so busy with taking over the world it can't even look after its own.