Dealing with Katrina and 9/11
One answer may be found in Switzerland
IN THE NEWS
(CNN)--Rescuers and residents along the Gulf Coast struggled Wednesday to cope with the destruction left by Hurricane Katrina, as New Orleans faced a horrifying trio of challenges--rising water, stranded people and a refugee situation that is getting worse by the hour.
--Conditions deteriorate in Katrina's wake
Water still rising in New Orleans; death toll at least 120
CNN.com, Aug. 31, 2005
"We Americans have been at war throughout most of the same decades that Switzerland has been at peace. Now that America has mutated from Republic to Empire, we are at perpetual war with every nation that wants to be independent of the whims of the POTUS. At the very least, we must all recognize the fact, and be prepared for the shocks to come. Civil society can recover from a lot of destruction; it can't recover from cowardice and refusal to prepare for trouble until chaos is already upon us."
March 3, 2005
My stepbrother and his wife, David and Bonner, who live in Manhattan, came down for Thanksgiving in 2001.
At one point, my sister-in-law asked, "What's your plan?"
"Your escape plan?"
"We don't have a plan. What is your plan?"
They had suitcases packed with clothes, cash and passports. They each had a cellphone so they can communicate. The car was always filled with gas and had a supply of bottled water and food in the trunk.
My wife, Peggy, and I were bemused. At first it seemed that these low-key, highly accomplished people were talking like members of some kind of nutty survivalist cult when here we were in the most sophisticated and civilized society the world has ever seen.
Fast forward to August 2005 and Katrina.